- 139 farms have been identified in a test for land expropriation
- These farms have not been confirmed as occupied or functioning as yet
- President Cyril Ramaphosa stated the ANC will support the amendment of section 25 of the constitution, thus making way for land expropriation
Government has pin-pointed 139 farms for expropriation in what has been dubbed a “guinea pig” scheme.
The Sunday Times reported that the ANC plans to:
- Draft a land records bill aimed at documenting all landowners, both formal and informal, and ensuring security of tenure;
- Draft a redistribution bill that would provide a framework for deciding who gets priority access to land once the reform programme rolls out; and
- Amend the Interim Protection of Informal Land Rights Act to recognise those who have lived on a property for three years or more as de facto owners who cannot be dispossessed without their consent.
Once section 25 of the constitution has been amended the willing buyer, willing seller principle falls away and the door opens for expropriation without compensation.
The 139 farms already identified have not yet been identified as occupied or established farms.
President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that the ANC will support the amendment of section 25 of the constitution.
According to insiders privy to the discussions, ANC members of the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights conceded that as the constitution stands, the state was already able to expropriate land without compensation if it so wished.
Briefly.co.za reported on 5 quotes that tell us that government is serious about land redistribution.
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the minister for rural land redistribution plans on using the existing legal framework to fast-track land reform. She revealed government's plans to speed up the land reform when she tabled her department's budget vote speech.
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