Zuma says restitution without compensation won't lead to land grabs


The Wallmannsthal land claimants had their land returned to them in 2007. Since then, they appear to have been forgotten.

PARLIAMENT – President Jacob Zuma has again told traditional leaders, he supports amending the constitution to allow for the redistribution of land.

Zuma says landlessness is at the heart of the country’s most fundamental challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment.

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Zuma was responding to a debate in a sitting of the National House of Traditional Leaders in Parliament and said the return of land to its rightful owners was crucial to effecting radical economic transformation.



“No one is saying let us go and grab, no. We are saying let us do everything within the law,” said Zuma.

“We are not saying let us now go and take the land. We are saying let us amend the Constitution. Constitutions are amended all the time to fix wrongs,” Zuma told the traditional leaders.