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Tuesday Oct 13, 2020

Land Bill brings certainty, says De Lille

The interministerial committee on land reform has allayed fears that the Land Expropriation Bill may infringe on individual property rights.

The committee gave this assurance yesterday when it announced that the amended Expropriation Bill of 2020 had been submitted to Parliament for legislation.

The new bill is set to replace the Expropriation Act of 1975, which was deemed to be inconsistent with the Constitution. The committee is chaired by deputy president David Mabuza and some of the members include Justice and Correctional Services minister Ronald Lamola, Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille and Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza.

De Lille said: "The ability of governments to acquire or expropriate land for the public good is something that is found worldwide." "The bill brings certainty to South Africans and investors because it clearly outlines how expropriation can be done and on what basis," she said.

"Local, provincial and national authorities will use their legislation to expropriate in the public interest for varied reasons that seek to promote inclusivity and access to natural resources which will benefit women, children and people with disabilities."

Cape Argus 12 Oct 2020


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