Sisulu says Human Settlements will be first to expropriate land

Sisulu says Human Settlements will be first to expropriate land

- Lindiwe Sisulu says that the Human Settlements Department will be the first to expropriate land

- She said that unused land would be used to provide housing for the poor

- This comes as a new draft of the controversial expropriation bill is in the works

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Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has said that the Department of Human Settlements will be the first to expropriate land once the necessary legislation has been passed.

Sisulu made the statement while addressing the media on Tuesday.

She said that all state-owned and public land would be used for housing.

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Sisulu said that a new draft version of the Expropriation Bill was in the works, has gathered. 

The bill was initially put before Parliament last year but was withdrawn to allow for more discussion regarding whether Section 25 of the Constitution should be amended. Such an amendment would allow for the expropriation of land without compensation - a controversial measure, but one which has considerable support from the EFF and some within the ANC. 

This amendment will have to be made before a new bill can be tabled, according to The Citizen.

Sisulu hopes that her department will be among the first to expropriate land wants these changes take place. The minister said that her department would use the amendment to provide housing to the poor within a reasonable distance from cities.

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Sisulu added that unoccupied land would be used for this purpose.

She said that such expropriation of unused land could go along way to providing more housing opportunities, as long as it was done in the public interest.

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