Sisulu says Cape Town land is first in line for expropriation

Sisulu says Cape Town land is first in line for expropriation

- Lindiwe Sisulu says Cape Town land will be the first to be expropriated if the Expropriation Bill becomes law

- She says land in the city will be used for housing projects

- The ANC had attempted this several years ago, but the DA scrapped their plan, calling it "illegal and unconstitutional'

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Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says that land in Cape Town will be the first to be expropriated if the necessary legislation is passed.

This comes as Sisulu has accused the DA in the province of trying to obstruct plans to develop housing for the poor.

Now, Sisulu hopes that the Expropriation Bill will allow her department to put these plans in place.

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Previously, Sisulu has said that state-owned and unused land would be used for housing developments. 

"We need to own and utilise public land for the purpose that we want to scale," the minister said this week.

She added that her department would be among the first to expropriate land to pursue its agenda, has gathered.

On Friday, Sisulu said that the ANC in Cape Town had identified pieces of land to use for housing projects. According to eNCA, she said that the ANC government in the province at the time had signed an agreement to this effect. 

However, she maintains that the DA pulled out of this agreement once they took over in the area. At the time, then-premier Helen Zille described the ANC's housing plan as "illegal and unconstitutional".

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In order for Sisulu to revive these plans, the Expropriation Bill will need to be written into law. The bill was tabled last year but was withdrawn. Now, a new draft version of the bill is in development.

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