At midnight 19 February 2019, the opportunity for the South African public to comment on the Draft Expropriation Bill that will see land taken without compensation become legal. This bill has been a controversial issue since it was first published on Friday 21 December 2018.
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The Dear South Africa site is a place where South Africans can't share their views on the drafted Expropriation Bill that the government published in December 2018. To share your view, visit dearsouthafrica.co.za.
They can state whether or not they support the bill and why or why not. Based on the comments on the site, South Africans are not too fond of the idea.
The Democratic Alliance is very outspoken about its view on expropriation without compensation- they don't want it to become legal.
The party hopes that come the 2019 elections, they will gain enough votes to give them the power to oppose land expropriation successfully.
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Former president, Jacob Zuma, fully supports the bill, just like the Economic Freedom Fighters, who show their support openly and proudly.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Zuma said that he could not understand why the matter was up for debate as one cannot deny the fact that people who had been colonized and their land taken from them should receive some kind of relief.
Despite this support, land expropriation is still a highly contested issue in South Africa. As a result, young farmers are leaving the country in high numbers, heading to countries like Canada
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The leader of the IFP, Mangosuthu Buthelezi spoke on land expropriation without compensation and issued a stern warning. He maintained that whilst the IFP supported the motion, every effort should be taken to prevent the breakdown of social cohesion in the country.
Whether or not land expropriation without compensation will work depends on how President Ramaphosa and the ANC handles it.
In the meantime, BusinessInsider reports that the department of public works has a portfolio of vacant properties with an estimated value at R7.4 billion across the South Africa.
There are a number of reasons, according to Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi.
A lack of demand for the use of specific properties, lack of funds by the department to rebuild and a lack of need for the properties are cited as reasons.
Perhaps land not used by the government should be the first to be expropriated without compensation.
For anyone still a bit confused about land expropriation without compensation, take a look at this report. Briefly.co.za gathered 11 facts which every South African need to know about what land expropriation without compensation means.
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