Failed land expropriation offer shows ANC lacks allies, analyst says

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga said the ANC’s unsuccessful attempt to amend the constitution could prompt the opposition to use it against the party in other areas.

ANC flag. Photo: Boikhutso Ntsoko / Eyewitness News.

CAPE TOWN – The unsuccessful attempt by the African National Congress (ANC) to amend the constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation is seen as a sign that it will be difficult for the party to convince other parties to l ‘to come up.

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga said the ANC lacks allies and can no longer be one-sided in its approach to government and land policy.

The ANC ended the year on a bad note when it failed to push two-thirds through the 18th constitutional amendment bill allowing land expropriation without compensation.

Mathekga said the ANC’s unsuccessful attempt to amend the constitution could motivate the opposition to use it against the party in other areas.

He said the vote on the 18th constitutional amendment bill came at a time when the ANC was already lacking allies.

Mathekga said it could be a sign of things to come for the party on other policies.

“This comes at a time when the ANC is running out of allies and it actually needs allies to adopt policy, especially on critical issues. The opposition’s success in tackling this could motivate the opposition to even trying other things to challenge the ANC. I don’t see the ANC going back and rallying political support to get this one through. They just have to limit the damage. ”

Meanwhile, the CEO of the Agricultural Business Chamber, Dr John Purchase, said there could be other attempts to tinker with the Constitution, but he doubted it.

“I think Parliament will have to consider it then, it could happen, it could come in another revised form. I would be very surprised if this were to pass, however,” Purchase said.

He said the process of more than three years delayed the necessary land reform models that were already on the table.

“And the Constitution actually gives you broad powers for land reform. If you read it carefully, it was written for land reform,” he said.