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South Africa's ANC Agrees to Push Constitutional Change on Land

  • Land expropriation shouldn’t damage the economy, ANC says
  • Constitutional change requires two-thirds parliamentary vote
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South Africa’s ruling African National Congress agreed to seek a change in the constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation, provided it doesn’t affect the economy and food production.

The party agreed to the proposal in a debate that “nearly collapsed” its five yearly conference, Enoch Godongwana, the head of the ANC’s economic transformation committee, told reporters in Johannesburg on Wednesday. Delegates didn’t agree on a deadline for the change and the policy must not affect other sectors of the economy, he said.