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It seems the ANC has resolved to finalise a process to amend the Constitution to better outline how land expropriation without compensation will be effected.

Sources who were at the two-day ANC lekgotla that decided on the move said it was important for the message to be conveyed by Ramaphosa himself, in order to neutralise those in the faction aligned to former president Jacob Zuma, who have used the land issue to attack the president.

Tefo questions the objective of the current process of public hearings that is now underway in different provinces if a decision to amend the Constitution is already taken? Access to land is one of the symbols of inequality in the nation of about 56 million where wealth and poverty are largely divided along racial lines.

He said the reform was "of critical importance" to the economy.

Public hearings about the proposal started last month.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule said the decision to amend the Constitution was motivated by the sentiment during public hearings conducted by the parliamentary constitutional review committee.

The ANC will contest national elections next year in the first ballot since the opposition won control of several key municipalities, including the biggest and richest city, Johannesburg, and the capital, Pretoria, in 2016.

He added that the USA will also have a part to play in the short-term, with the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) expected to give its latest rate announcement later today.

The ANC also wants to government to urgently implement a "stimulus package" to boost economic growth and create jobs, including increased investment in infrastructure and support for small businesses, while not jeopardising the budget.

South Africa's economy has barely grown in recent years, with the growth outlook remaining much lower than the five per cent annual growth government is aiming for to make a dent in near-record unemployment.

In all the instances where there was expropriation of land, can we look back and say we succeeded, can we look back with pride and say this was achieved?


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