Ramaphosa misled the country on state custodianship of land
20 June 2021
President Cyril Ramaphosa misled the country when he said that the ANC will not support the EFF’s proposal to make the state custodian of all land as this would "kill entrepreneurial spirit”.
Two weeks after giving this assurance, his ANC comrades in the Section 25 Ad-hoc Committee have formally included state custodianship as part of their new proposal to the amendment.
The implications of this about-turn is that South Africa cannot, at face value, accept anything that Ramaphosa says because even if he means it the ANC simply ignores him and does the exact opposite.
In its blind rush to ensure the passing of the amendment at all costs, the ANC has thrown out all reason and is now openly pandering to the EFF. The EFF has been demanding ‘state custodianship’ in return for their support to achieve the two-thirds majority necessary to amend the constitution to explicitly allow for expropriation of property without compensation.