South Africa: Assembly Votes to Amend Constitution Amid Scenario Planning for 2019 Election, Legal Challenges

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With a vote of 209 against 91, the National Assembly on Tuesday voted to amend the Constitution to expressly allow for expropriation without compensation. That result was on the cards after a 10-month process, and should not have surprised anyone. What will unfold next under the shadow of the looming 2019 election is what will be important, and none of it is guaranteed. But EFF leader Julius Malema, calling for 'black unity, in particular African unity', made sure everyone knew who should get the credit for this historic step - the EFF - as 2019 electioneering politicking marinated the debate.

The Struggle song on black land dispossession and pain, Thina sizwe esimnyama, sikhalelela izwe lethu... (*) resounded from the parliamentary benches of the EFF and ANC, and from...

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