In a stunning reparations effort, the South African parliament voted to seize all of the country’s White-owned land.
On Tuesday, Reuters reported the parliament voted 241 to 83 to confiscate all land owned by Whites without compensation to ensure an increase in ownership among native inhabitants. The decision just comes two weeks after the inauguration of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa who promised to hasten the process of land redistribution during his term.
Julius Malema of the radical Marxist opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters proposed the seizure of White-owned lands and received the support of the African National Congress whose members constitute the majority of the parliament.
“The time for reconciliation is over. Now is the time for justice,” Mr Malema said in his address to parliament according to News24. “We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land.”
Deputy chief executive of civil rights group Afriforum Ernst Roets claims the redistribution is a form of theft.
“This motion is based on a distorted image of the past,” Roets said in a statement according to NewsTalk ZB. “The term ‘expropriation without compensation’ is a form of semantic fraud. It is nothing more than racist theft.”
South Africa first began redressing the policies which propelled its nearly 50-year apartheid in 1991.