Freedom Front Plus Leader Pieter Groenewald. Pictures: Bongani Shilubane/African News Agency(ANA)
Freedom Front Plus Leader Pieter Groenewald. Pictures: Bongani Shilubane/African News Agency(ANA)

95 000 people support FF+ in 'fight back' campaign against land expropriation

By MAYIBONGWE MAQHINA Time of article published Feb 28, 2020

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Cape Town - The Freedom Front Plus on Friday said a further 95 000 people from across South Africa have joined their latest "Fight Back" campaign against land expropriation without compensation.

The party had created a special web page where the public commented on the intention to amend section 25 of the Constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation.

It said more than 100 000 people had joined a previous FF+ campaign, where they objected to the proposed policy. 

Party leader Pieter Groenewald said: "Although the process of public participation only ends tomorrow, earlier today the FF Plus handed the 95 000 petitions of protest to Parliament's ad-hoc committee which is tasked with investigating the possible amendment of Section 25 and to make recommendations," he said.

Groenwald said any amendments to the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation would damage the country's economy and all South Africans would be deprived of their property rights in the process.

"The right of ownership is an internationally recognised basic human right and it must be protected by the South African Constitution in accordance with the Bill of Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the UN," he added.

The DA also said it submitted more than 94 000 submissions from the public on the draft bill amending section 25 of the constitution.

Like the FF+, the official opposition also created a website where people filed their submissions.

DA parliamentary caucus chairperson Annelie Lotriet said her party would be submitting its own submission to object to amending the constitution.

"We have always maintained that we are against land expropriation without compensation and amending the Constitution. Our submission can be found here." 

Ahead of Saturdays' deadline the DA urged those wishing to make submissions do so.

"We also encourage all South Africans who have not yet done so, to use the last chance to comment on amending the Constitution," Lotriet said.

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