The Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) has found its voice again in 2018, after throwing its weight behind the African National Congress (ANC) plans to expropriate land without compensation.
During the current term, the one party on opposition benches that has been particularly vocal about this matter, is the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). They have been so vocal that the subject has had to feature more prominently in ANC discourse, both at the party’s Policy and Elective Conferences in 2017.
Newly elected President of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa, has also pronounced on the matter, setting the wheels in motion for what is likely to be one of the more controversial policy directives in recent history.
The PAC wants to ensure that it is a part of that conversation too. The major concern, at this juncture, is that there appears to be no deadline on when the ANC and others will pursue a constitutional amendment allowing for the expropriation of land without compensation.
PAC President Narius Moloto said the matter had actually been ignored for far too long.
“The crux at the heart of the PAC struggle and political intent has always been the return of the land to its rightful owners and free decolonised education for the African people with emphasis to African children,” said Moloto.
“We salute valiant patriots who have laid down their lives and paid the supreme sacrifice for the return of the land to its rightful owners,” added Moloto.
Even in ANC discussions, the public is constantly reminded that one of the key drivers in the formation of the ANC was the desire to return land to its rightful landowners. The PAC thinks it is time to finally act.
“The PAC’s view is that the historic Act of Union is the Achilles heel that was assimilated with subtlety into the 1996 constitution of South Africa as the Property Clause 25. This clause protects the naked robbery of colonial conquest made on the land of the indigenous people,” added Moloto.
“The PAC is the only liberation movement that is on record as having raised its objections to the Property Clause when it was submitted to the interim constitution during the multi-party negations of 1992-1993 in Kempton Park and we still hold the same view after 25 years, we have not changed.”