Cabinet approves expropriation bill

Cape Town - Cabinet has approved the draft expropriation bill and it will now be tabled in Parliament, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Thursday.

The bill was meant to replace legislation dating from 1975 and "align the overarching legislation governing the expropriation of property to the values and provisions of the Constitution", he told journalists following Cabinet's regular fortnightly meeting.

Government tried to get an earlier version of the bill passed in 2008 but shelved it after its constitutionality was questioned.

The current version recognises the jurisdiction of the courts in determining the compensation due for expropriated property.

Critics say, though an improvement, this change will in practice only benefit citizens who can afford potentially lengthy litigation.

Other concerns about the legislation include that it extends the power to expropriate assets from the minister of public works to all organs of state.

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Ryan Newborn 2014-09-04 12:20:50 PM
So in other words.... The court can decide that the compensation can be ZERO???
Zuma Etolls 2014-09-04 12:29:52 PM
Let them take the productive farm land, destroy it and starve. I will not even throw a crust of bread into their begging bowls.
Fred Smith 2014-09-04 12:48:21 PM
A clear message to all of us with investments in this land we love. Be very wary what you invest in, and if in doubt, disinvest now to avoid tears later.
Rodgers Mabasa 2014-09-04 01:03:27 PM
During the seventies it was easy to get job than now. our so called democracy is not helping the majority.
Isaac Moitsanape 2014-09-04 01:05:02 PM
now ZAnc u making sense. zimbabwe will be brought into the picture wait a second...... 1 2 3 haaak comment.
Sipho Tshabalala 2014-09-04 01:07:06 PM
Here comes food shortages Lord please help!!!
Terence Wessels 2014-09-04 01:08:14 PM
Just one step closer to the Zanufication of Zanc. They are going to sink us like Zim.
Kobus Hattingh 2014-09-04 01:12:16 PM
Legalising theft on a grand scale.
Lizelle van Wyk 2014-09-04 01:20:12 PM
Are there any land claims on government owned land? They own the most land in S.A. Will they expropriate that land as well? Using taxpayer's money to compensate themselves then? Lol! :-D
Daniel Wessels 2014-09-04 02:25:05 PM
This should read "govt approve exploitation bill"