Jacob Zuma / File photo

New report claims Zuma administration will move to “take land without compensation” approach

Might be a case of trying to keep up with the opposition…


Jacob Zuma / File photo

President Jacob Zuma aid on Friday that South Africa will seek to move away from “willing buying, willing seller” approach to land expropriation and instead move to land without compensations for owners in its quest to redistribute land, according to Reuters.

Most land in the country remains in white hands, almost two decades after apartheid ended and president Zuma emphasised the need for radical reform.

“We need to take bold steps that will transform our economy, including land ownership, very fast,” Zuma said in a speech outlining agricultural policy as per Reuters.

“We are busy amending (laws) to enable faster land reform, including land expropriation without compensation as provided for in the constitution.”

Reuters reported:

Zuma referred a bill allowing state expropriation of land back to parliament last week because lawmakers failed to facilitate adequate public participation.

That bill enabled the state to acquire land without the owners’ consent by paying an amount determined by the office of the Valuer-General.

This hardline response follows the Economic Freedom Fighters’ calls for seizure of white-owned land and analysts believe that this policy is, in part, a response to that.