Rustenburg – An African Association of South African Farmers (Afasa) on Friday welcomed the joint report of the Constitutional Review Committee on Thursday to change the constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation in the public interest.
The president of Afasa, Neo Masithela, said the committee's decision reflected the view of most South Africans that there was a need for urgent and accelerated land reform to remedy the injustices of the past.
"The organization believes that this process would help speed up the process of agricultural reform, build a more inclusive and prosperous economy, and improve both agricultural production and food security for all South Africans," Masithela said.
"Farmers were able to express themselves and their reality even in a limited time, and the majority agreed with the view that the current constitution is not unequivocal and may hinder the expropriation of land without compensation."
He said that the farmers' association remained unwavering in support of land expropriation without compensation and argued that this should be done within legal limits.
On Thursday, parliamentarians voted for a change in the constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation.
It was after the Constitutional Control Commission received the task of examining the need to change the constitution in order to allow the expropriation of land without compensation.