Legislation coming on land distribution
SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA said on Friday his government would push through a new law to compensate the black majority for stolen land, stepping up populist rhetoric before August local polls where his ruling ANC faces a tough challenge. The embattled president threw his weight behind a bill making its way through South Africa’s parliament to let the state make compulsory purchases of land to redress racial disparities in land ownership.
Zuma made the televised remarks while addressing the African National Congress (ANC) branch of Gauteng province, which includes the capital Pretoria and financial centre Johannesburg. Local media have reported the province’s ANC branch is divided about his leadership.
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