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Land-Seizure Plans in South Africa Hit Major Stumbling Block

  • ANC fails to enlist sufficient support to change constitution
  • Government has given assurances process won’t be free-for-all
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Plans by South Africa’s ruling African National Congress to amend the constitution to make it easier to seize land without paying for it have gone awry, because it failed to pin down sufficient support from other parties to push the changes through.

While the radical Economic Freedom Fighters, the third-largest party, backs expropriation, it says proposals flighted by the ANC don’t go far enough. The main opposition Democratic Alliance and other smaller parties oppose any constitutional changes, which require the backing of two-thirds of lawmakers -- a majority the ruling party lacks.