Land question must be dealt with urgently, warns Madonsela
Ex-protector sides with Cyril, saying it’s an ‘explosive’ issue needing action for the sake of investors and ordinary people
Former public protector Thuli Madonsela has voiced support for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s push to finalise constitutional amendments around land expropriation without compensation, saying the matter required urgent attention.
“I think it’s urgent for two reasons: one, there is a need to clarify the uncertainties and to allay fears among investors about what the policy direction on this really is. Once the constitution has been clarified, then the law can be clarified, then people can know what risk exists for their properties and what risk does not exist, and if there is any risk, how to mitigate against that risk,” she said on Wednesday.
“Two, for ordinary people, the sooner we have a constitutional clarification on this, the easier it becomes for us to get on the road towards holistic land reform ... I think land, for me, is an explosive issue. The politicians may be handling it for whatever reason but if it’s not handled it has a potential to derail democracy.”..