ANC head of economic transformation Enoch Godongwana said the party had made it clear after it adopted the resolution to expropriate the land without compensation at Nasrec previous year that it would consider "tampering" with the constitution if it became necessary to do so. He went head-to-head with Ramaphosa, and they became friends.
In neighbouring Zimbabwe, large-scale, compensation-free expropriation of land in the 1980s led to an economic collapse from which the country has never recovered.
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Briefly.co.za gathered that Lamola said if the government gave someone a piece of land, a farm or a social development home they would receive the title deed to that home.
"History teaches us that worldwide investors, regardless of what AfriForum or anyone else says, are unwilling to invest in a country where property rights are not protected", AfriForum's Chief Executive Kallie Kriel said. Many of you may remember him as a key negotiator at CODESA.
This underlines something I have written about many times: the land debate is nearly more about history, symbolism, redress, justice and black dignity than about land itself.
This disparity in land holding has long since been seen as a symbol of the enduring inequalities within South Africa.
It simply doesn't feel right that black people have less access to land than the white people whose ancestors openly started arriving in 1652.
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Being a businessman, President Ramaphosa should know that it will be detrimental to the economy.
The proposal was first adopted in December by the party.
But while many remain optimistic about the new reforms, others maintain that a constitutional change isn't needed and cite parallels between the Zimbabwean model whereby white farmers were arguably forced off land.
To some, "just and equitable" could mean no compensation, depending on the circumstances in which previous occupants or owners were deprived of or removed from the land, either in British colonial times or under apartheid.
"The constitution is supposed to be the foundation of a country where the rule of law takes precedence to protect society against racial domination and exploitation whilst ensuring that the supremacy of the law reigns".
Perhaps this is the best outcome in any case, if it is accompanied by a serious commitment of government to manage the process of land redistribution a lot better than it has thus far.
In the video, Mr Ramaphosa said that a "proper reading" of the constitution allowed expropriation of land without compensation "in the public interest".