Parliament - The ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Thursday, dismissed accusations by opposition parties that the process which led to the adoption of a draft report by members of Parliament (MPs) on Thursday in favour of changing the Constitution to explicitly provide for land expropriation without compensation was a sham.
The Constitutional Review Committee adopted recommendations that Section 25 of South Africa's founding document be amended following a vote which saw the ANC, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and National Freedom Party support the amendment, and the Democratic Alliance (DA), Freedom Front Plus (FF+), Congress of the People (Cope) and African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) oppose the move.
"We want to send a message to South Africans that we are going to address the original sin [land dispossession of the black majority] in a holistic way," said ANC MP Vincent Smith in a media briefing on Thursday afternoon.
"It's not a sham. It's not about electioneering. It's about listening to the voices of South Africans and by doing what we doing we actually meeting the expectations of South Africans."
Earlier, the DA and the other parties opposing amendments to the Constitution held a media briefing where it labelled the public participation process which saw hearings held across the country, hundreds of thousands of submissions by individuals and organisations, and representations by interested parties in Parliament, a sham.