The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) say they’re in agreement that Section 25 of the Constitution, which deals with right of property ownership, should be amended.

This as Parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee is holding countrywide public hearings into whether the Section should be amended.

However, King of Amazulu Goodwill Zwelithini has said government should back off from the land issue.

The King strongly warned those suggesting that he lose his land and vowed to take the Ingonyama Trust issue to the Constitutional Court if the need arises.

During a joint media briefing in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, the EFF and Contralesa emphasised their view that the State should be the custodian of expropriated land.

Contralesa Secretary-General Zolani Mkiva says: “We do not buy into the narrative that Section 25, as it currently stands with the market value being at the centre of its compensation regime, can be a vehicle for a meaningful land redistribution programme. Contralesa and the EFF further agree that the state shall be the overall custodian of all SA land. We also agree that the land, which currently falls under the custodianship of traditional leaders, will continue to be held as such subject to the primary ownership on the state on behalf of the people.”

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