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Land expropriation moves ahead: ANC targets 139 farms, refuses to compensate owners

The ANC is implementing a ‘Constitutional test’ which will trial land expropriation without compensation by targeting 139 private farms.

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Following president Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement, in support of Constitutional amendments aimed at land expropriation without compensation, the wheels of reform are beginning to turn quickly.

The African National Congress (ANC) is moving swiftly along with the contentious issue of wide-scale land reform and redress. The governing party has now earmarked 139 farms for expropriation without compensation, in what they say is a practical trial of ‘land affirmative action’.

ANC heads to the land-claims court

City Press first reported on the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) plans to fast-track the process of expropriating land without compensating the owners, by deploying the department of rural development and land affairs to engage the land-claims court.

Both civilian and investor interest will focus on the practical process of land reform within the South African context. Self-proclaimed political revolutionaries, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), initially spearheaded the idea land nationalisation.

The ANC has distanced itself from the idea of all land being owned by the state – but have yet to detail the process or operations relating to land expropriation without compensation.

Land expropriation without compensation, Constitutional trial

Zizi Kodwa, head of the presidency and a top ANC NEC member, has refused to divulge specific information relating to this ‘trial’ process of expropriation, which has now been prioritised by the government.

Instead, Kodwa chose to speak on issues of investor confidence and redress of social oppression, saying:

“Both domestic and international investors must appreciate that long-term investment is tied [to] ownership of land by the majority of people. In other words, if you are talking about sustainable long-term certainty, it is tied to addressing the injustices of the past.

You can appreciate the jittery response and so on, the shocks at the moment, but what we are doing now is to create policy certainty.

Obviously then there may be a negative impact in terms of the markets, but over time I think the markets, as well as investors, will appreciate that what we are doing is creating policy certainty and creating the conditions for future investment.”

Kodwa confirmed that the parliamentary process involving the amendment of section 25 of the Constitution would be concluded by the end of the year.

The department of public works will author the expropriation bill, which is aimed at clarifying the exact processes and regulations which will allow for the government to implement land expropriation without compensation.