AfriForum and Cope form unlikely alliance against land expropriation

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The Congress of the People, led by Mosiuoa Lekota and AfriForum’s Kallie Kriel on Monday surprised the country with the announcement that they were joining forces to fight land expropriation without compensation.

The parties are lobbying citizens and the international community to apply pressure on the government to stop the amendment to Section 25 of the Constitution regarding property rights. According to them the government is acting “without a legal mandate from voters”, Eyewitness News reports.

Lekota and Kriel told reporters that they would be visiting foreign embassies in the country to lobby support. The embassies to be approached will be announced once appointments have been made.

Cope and AfriForum explained in a statement that they were calling on the international community to pressure the South African government to honour the country’s constitution.

They deny defending apartheid or colonialism, but are urging citizens to not allow “a populist alliance to divide us or cause hatred and violence to the benefit of a ruling elite or so that they can rule over us amidst our divisions. This would betray former President Nelson Mandela‚Äôs legacy”, the statement said.

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