ANC’s January 8 statement to shed more light on expropriation of land

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The African National Congress (ANC) is expected on Saturday to shed more light on the plan to expropriate land without compensation.

Party President Cyril Ramaphosa is due to map out the the party’s way forward for 2018 and give details with due regard for agricultural production.

Addressing the media earlier, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule said the National Executive Committee (NEC) was unequivocal that it should urgently implement the resolution to pursue expropriation of land without compensation.

One of the resolutions from the ANC’s elective conference in December was to amend the Constitution to allow for land to be expropriated without compensation.

The ruling party said that expropriation must be done in a way that does not threaten food security or undermine the economy.

Ramaphosa says he will commission a study into what has been done with farms that have been redistributed since 1994.

He says many of those farms are not being worked and this should change.  He says government should see what can be done with that agricultural land to change things for the better.

Ramaphosa says South Africa needs to demonstrate that it is ready to revolutionise agriculture to go into agro-processing that will help to industrialise rural areas.

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Meanwhile, Traffic volumes are expected to rise in East London as thousands of people arrive to attend the January 8 main celebrations.

Buffalo City Metro officials have confirmed that the roads closer to the ABSA stadium where the main celebrations are scheduled to take place will be closed.

More than 200 000 people are expected to attend the party’s 106th birthday celebrations.

Here’s a look at some statistics about Buffalo City…