On the final day of the ANC National Conference, the party announced its plan to initiate and achieve land reform without compensation.
The party's economic transformation head, Enoch Godongwana, said the ANC's national executive would have to amend the Constitution to achieve this.
Prior to the announcement, there had been "fiery, tough and rowdy" disputes over land restitution; however, the plan was finally announced and received a mixed reception on social media.
While there were some positive responses to the ANC's plan on Twitter, there were equally opposing views as some South Africans felt they did not see the plan being implemented and that it was one of the party's tricks to get voters in 2019.
Here are some of the reactions on Twitter:
I believe without doubt that we can give title to South Africans. It's not the constitution that's the impediment, it's the capability of the state and cronyism where selected individuals are chosen. We must achieve redress in all areas, land, education and economic inclusion.— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) December 20, 2017
Will the ANC actually initiate in parliament where it matters? I believe not.— Nanamhla (@NanamhlaM) December 20, 2017
Then 2019, few months before elections, EFF will table the motion & ANC will as usual fall into the trap and reject it.
Progressive resolutions coming out of the #ANC54 ✊🏽— Sikhulekile Duma (@SikhulekileDuma) December 20, 2017
I think this #ANC54 is going to be a history rewriting conference...thanks to EFF...finally ANC sees the importance of land wow Malema you are really a game changer— Eliyah Rangata (@EliyahRangata) December 20, 2017
It's official the old centralist ANC is no more... The ANC is no longer a Center Left Political Party. It has become a Neo-Nationalist, Populist Party with short term political goals... We are all in for a long two years... @MmusiMaimane @jsteenhuisen @JacksonMthembu_ #ANC54— DG Vermaak (@dgvermaak) December 20, 2017
So which land will be expropriated and won't affect food security??residential homes 😊#ANC54— Zion's Mom (@MSegage) December 20, 2017
No one is better in ANC they are the same they all mislead each other I won't vote for culprit #ANC54— Ernest Ntsane (@ntsane_ernest) December 20, 2017
We don't have money to buy back STOLEN LAND! #ANC54— Majolandile (@SiyaLota) December 20, 2017
Enoch Godongwana doesn't sound convincing. The issue seems watered down. I hope the text is tight & unambiguous. But it does seem a lot of issues have been deferred. We're probably looking at another 23 yrs before any action happens. #ANC54— Siyabonga Zondi (@siyabongazondi) December 20, 2017
Expropriation of land without compensation...you know i thought I understood that, I'm not so sure anymore. I need to be educated on this #ANC54— Sbonelo Hlophe (@SboneloHlophe) December 20, 2017
Ramaphosa's term will be the heaviest Shem #ANC54— Malema cleo (@latimalema) December 20, 2017