'ANC will amend constitution if needed'

2011-09-21 09:10

Johannesburg - The African National Congress will change the constitution if it proves to be a hindrance to land reform, Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti said, according to a Beeld newspaper report.

"The constitution has to help the community to advance. If advancement gets stalled then the constitution has to be changed," Nkwinti reportedly told a parliamentary portfolio committee debate on Tuesday.

While emphasising that the debate was purely exploratory, Nkwinti said discussions around land reform and restitution needed to be re-opened.

He said the focus of government policy after 1994 was on reconciliation rather than equality and fixing the wrongs of the apartheid era.

This was the correct policy but government was dealing with a ticking time bomb if these wrongs were not set right.

"If necessary we will alter the constitution to reach our goals," he said.


  • chub - 2011-09-21 10:37

    The pawns are put in place

  • PEA - 2011-09-21 11:00


  • DirtySamurai - 2011-09-21 11:12

    The only goal an ANC cadre has is $1bn in a Swiss bank account. They'll amend the consitution to reach that one.

  • Werner - 2011-09-21 12:30

    What? Do you want to set it right like your comrade in Zim? Stop stealing the taxes - that will actually make a difference to the poor.

  • Dan Steel - 2011-09-21 12:54

    The ANC will only be able to change the constitution if they get more than 67% of the votes in parliament for any such change - and the last time I checked, they still fall short of that - and in each election fall behind even more...

      Charles N - 2011-10-03 10:41

      Not quite. There is a reason they have alliances. All they need to do is make a few promises and then they'll have the numbers they need.

  • Nasdaq7 - 2011-09-21 14:58

    The country has much land. Zone some more.

      lizards - 2011-11-21 18:41

      I do believe that the Govt control more land than anyone else. Distribute that land on which people live in the former 'homelands' to these that are now just existing there with no rights at all. Give them title deeds to an economic area of land and create a huge amount of capital and more important give them the dignity of ownership and working for themselves. These small family "owned" farms will absorb most of the unemployable that have been churned out of the misguided education policy of the ANC. They will produce food for themselves and for others. They can break away from the life of dependency and entitlement created by the ANC.

  • Investor - 2011-09-21 15:51

    Oh my goodness, I think we have found Malema's long lost DAD ! The solution is not to change the constitution, the solution is for the ANC to put COMPETANT people in place to execute policy, instead of incompentent buffoons. Leaders should be appointed on merit and performance, not according to party favours.

  • Jarryd - 2011-09-25 14:01

    Dear Gugile Nkwinti It's simple really. Land grabs scare off foreign investment. We need foreign investment. Less foreign investment isn't going to help communities to advance. Like it or not, but nothing will change that. This is not an issue of equality or redistribution, it's about not implementing a policy that will ultimately hinder development of the entire country.

      Atholl - 2011-10-03 10:34

      This is the standard 3-card-trick. Create a {problem} where none existed, .... frustrate and sabotage any effort that would eliminate the {problem} ... until there is a {reaction} to the {problem} .. from which you supply the {solution} to the {problem} (that you deviously created yourself) 3-card-trick is a nice trick but it does have an unpredictable component like: Ordinary people discover the hidden agenda and lose trust, credibility & respect for the body that created the {problem} so they disregard their participation in the {solution}

  • matthewrh1 - 2011-10-03 10:08

    Dear Gugile Nkwinte You cannot change the constitution without a two-thirds majority. You will not achieve this while your support base continues to decline. Your support base will continue to decline as long as nepotism, corruption, lack of transparency and an absence of accountability thrive. The equation is simple: run the country properly and these issues will cease to matter.

  • WEHBWERE - 2011-10-03 11:50

    Interesting, very interesting, the president, Zuma, said that land reform will continue to be done with compensation. Apparently, according to him "it's in our constitution" and not like Mugabe's grabbing without compensation, but the other side of the coin "ANC" shows that the pressure to act will result in a change of the constitution and not to adapting to changing market forces.

      chappy - 2011-11-20 22:40

      They cannot change the constitution without a two-thirds majority. Contravening this will mean sanction from the UN. Just another one of our ministers speaking without thinking.

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