The national leadership of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) noted the National Assembly’s resolution, taken on the 27th of February 2018, on the well-documented motion regarding the expropriation of land without compensation (EWC).

This decision will affect communal, urban, government and privately-owned land and the UDM cordially invites all interested parties to attend an important public meeting to obtain more information on topic:
Where?   Mthatha City Hall.
When?    Wednesday, 25 April.
Time?     10am.

The UDM leadership has, as such, mandated me to reach out to all sectors of society, including but not limited to traditional and religious leaders, as well as communities to explain the:
1. meaning and implications of the resolution;
2. processes which parliament will follow in consulting with all stakeholders; and
3. mechanism to be used in making submissions to the parliamentary constitutional review committee.

For your information, the UDM is on record saying that the issue of EWC must be addressed in terms of the following matters:
• Who exactly (individuals, companies and/or government) will be affected and how?
• How does food security and economic stability impact implementation – does it, for instance, prevent expropriation in specific circumstances, and what would those be?
• How will government handle rapid urbanisation and an ever-increasing need to make land available in cities and the denuding in rural committees and those local economies?
• How will traditional leaders, and rural communities be affected;
• How will entities such as the Ingonyama Trust, among others, be impacted?
• What will be the effect on the land tenure system?
• What would the position be on the sale of [urban] land to foreigners?
• How will the issuing of title deeds be sped up so that entrepreneurs may use this as collateral to secure capital for start-ups?

Issued by:
Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP
UDM President