Emotions ran high on day one of Grain SA’s annual congress at Nampo Park, Bothaville, Wednesday, as members reacted to a motion dealing with expropriation without compensation (EWC).
Grain SA vice-chairperson Derek Mathews asked congress to consider a motion comprising four salient points.
One of these proposed that Grain SA should continue to oppose the motion recently submitted to Parliament which asked for constitutional amendments to enable EWC.
“Through our cooperation and participation within Agri SA, we must support and make available all the resources we can to uphold the Constitution as it is today,” he said.
Mathews also proposed that congress accept the other three points of the motion:
- That Grain SA recognises and supports the need for land reform and transformation in South Africa;
- That Grain SA recognises the need for a thriving and prosperous grain sector to sustain and enhance food security to the benefit of all in South Africa; and
- That Grain SA will continue to advocate for and aspire to the handing over of title deeds to the beneficiaries of all land reform farms.