In South Africa, ad hoc committee approves land expropriation bill

By Jan Gerber, 7 September
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On Friday, the ad hoc committee on Section 25 adopted a bill to amend the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation with only ANC MPs voting in its favour. The bill will now be put before the National Assembly for adoption, while it is unlikely that the ANC would muster the required two-thirds majority to pass the bill. The bill would allow "where land and any improvements thereon are expropriated for purposes of land reform ... the amount of compensation may be nil".  It would also require national legislation to set out the "circumstances where the amount of compensation is nil". [...] In a statement released after the meeting, DA MP Annelie Lotriet described the committee as "just a political theatre for warring ANC factions and the radical fantasies of the EFF". "In their hurried attempt to pursue expropriation of land without compensation and nationalisation of land, the two parties exposed their disdain for the Constitution and inalienable property rights of all South Africans," she said.
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