The arrangement to expropriate land without compensation demonstrated that ANC “tricked” the white minority in 1994, AfriForum says.
The ANC consented to secure the dialects, culture and property of whites in return for political power in 1994, AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel said yesterday.
He said to now correct the Constitution to dispossess arrive without pay was “breaking” the understanding between the white minority and the ANC and was an infringement of human rights.
“Minorities consented to hand over political power as a byproduct of security of their dialects, culture and property.
“In the event that this changes, it is a rupture of the assertion and will prompt absence of trust between the minority and the ANC.
“It means they fooled us in 1994 as they did not mean it when they made this agreement.
“This is very serious and we will fight to the bitter end to at least get the ANC to honour [its] promise.”
Kriel was speaking at an urgently convened seminar hosted by business organisation Sakeliga in Pretoria yesterday.
About 20 organisations that oppose the proposed amendment, including the Democratic Alliance, AfrikanerBond, Freedom Front Plus, Free Market Foundation and Congress of The People (Cope), were in attendance.
Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota criticised President Cyril Ramaphosa for “immediately” breaking his oath of office to uphold, obey and maintain the Constitution after he was sworn in as president.
“He took an oath of office and the following day, he announced from parliament that he was going to take some people’s properties to give it to what he calls ‘our people’.
“He immediately broke his oath of office, which is to obey, respect, uphold and maintain the Constitution.”
Advocate Mark Oppenheimer of the Johannesburg Attorneys Association said South Africans would rather have permanent jobs or service delivery than land.
He said that of the 1.8 million people who had been compensated through land restitution and the Land Claims Court, only 8% had opted to get their land back, while the rest wanted financial compensation.
“Money is freedom and it allows one to start a business or buy land where they would like to own it. The government claims that there is the hunger for land, but when you poll South Africans, their main worry is unemployment.
“Thirty-three per cent say they want service delivery, while only 1% want to land.
“We know that [the need to expropriate land] is a manufactured problem.”