- The DA reiterated his opposition to expropriation without compensation
- He added that a bigger obstacle for land reform was government's failure to provide enough title deeds
- Maimane also said that amending the constitution was not the solution
The DA's Musi Maimane has said that land expropriation must always be acommpanied by compensation, even if the land was historically stolen.
Maimane made the comment while speaking to Eusebius Mckaiser.
He was reaffirming the DA's position on land reform.
The DA had a wide-ranging conversation with Mckaiser, touching on topics of racism, the law and, of course, land expropriation.
Maimane argued that improving land reform in South Africa did not require amending the Constitution - a move supported by both the ANC and EFF.
Instead, he said that the current judicial system is adequate for providing redress to land disposession. A bigger obstacle to land reform, in Maimane's view, is government's slowness in granting citizens title deeds to land.
He said that this problem was compounded by national government not addressing the issue of title deeds with enough urgency. Maimane said that national government also does not allocate enough funds to the processing of title deeds.
He added that the DA's track record of providing deeds was better than the ANC's, citing the more than 100 000 deeds issues by the Western Cape provincial government.
On top of this, Maimane says that DA-governed areas have improved the issuing of deeds for agricultural land by 60%, according to Eyewitness News.
Additionally, with regard to agricultural land, Maimane said that better options existed other than expropriation, including measures to improve equity between workers and land owners.
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