The Parliament passed a motion last month seeking to change the constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation. President Ramaphosa has promised to speed up the transfer of land to black people.

A subsistence farmer inspects his crop at Siqikini location, outside Cofimvaba, Eastern Cape province, South Africa, March 18, 2018.
A subsistence farmer inspects his crop at Siqikini location, outside Cofimvaba, Eastern Cape province, South Africa, March 18, 2018. (Reuters Archive)

The South African government recently started discussing amending the Constitution to allow expropriating land without compensation. 

But as politicians were debating the issue, violence broke out as people who had been waiting for housing for decades moved onto vacant land. 

TRT World's Melanie Rice reports.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies