ANC hopes to emerge united after its land summit

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The African National Congress (ANC) hopes to emerge with a united voice from its two day land summit this weekend.

Although the party resolved to expropriate land without compensation at its December conference, opinion in the party is divided.

Some want amendments to section 25 of the constitution, while others argue that the provision is sufficient.

In his opening address, President Cyril Ramaphosa told party members that the resolution of the land question in South Africa is central to the achievement of the national democratic society.

Also in attendance was former President Kgalema Motlanthe who criticised the problems around leasing of land to community members in rural areas.

Motlanthe says during their investigations, they found people living in rural communities often indicate that they have a lease contract with some traditional leaders.

“The land belongs to the people and that’s what we must try and understand as this liberation movement, which has the responsibility to liberate our people from all the sufferings they had. I mean you know it’s so painful that you have people who have lived on a piece of land for generations, and today they are being told they must take up leases,” adds former president Motlanthe.