US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: SA's land reform plans 'disastrous'

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: SA's land reform plans 'disastrous'

- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has weighed in on South Africa's plans concerning land reform

- The politician claims land expropriation without compensation would be 'disastrous'

- Instead, the American official called for stable property rights and policy that encourages investment

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United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has revealed his opinion on the land reform underway in South Africa.

During his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa, Pompeo said redistributing private land without compensation would be 'disastrous':

"South Africa is debating an amendment to permit the expropriation of private property without compensation. That would be disastrous for that economy and the South African people."

Pompeo continued to say that economies on the continent needed “strong rule of law, respect for property rights, regulation that encourages investment for inclusive and sustainable economic growth".

READ ALSO: Land reform: State wants farmers to donate property on website

Briefly.co.za reported that the government has released the draft policy on land reform and it contains some interesting suggestions on how to carry out the hotly-debated movement.

Business Insider reports that one of these proposals includes a website where farmers can donate land to the programme. This website will reportedly serve as the sole portal for South Africans to apply for a property under land reform.

The site aims to root out any opportunities for corruption according to the government, who feels the paperless route would allow for better management of beneficiaries:

“This system marks an end to an era of an unmonitored long database that caused a lot of dismay among targeted farmers and to ensure a synced and properly seamless system that endeavours to eradicate any form of fraud and nepotism."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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