Members of the public and various other stakeholders held an emergency meeting about land expropriation without compensation on Monday, 23 April.
A post on Conserv Security’s website made the following statements: “The meeting was very well attended and attendees heard the call from the General Manager of TLU SA, Bennie van Zyl, who opposes the notion of expropriation without compensation at all costs as tabled by the EFF. The issue has been ‘red flagged’ and it is time to call a spade a spade.
Expropriation will mean that the government can take anyone’s land, your moveable property, your pension and your savings. This can affect everyone, [and is] not isolated to farmers only. Game farms are most likely to be the first to go! Bennie also said there is no case anywhere in South Africa where land has been stolen. All were requested to make written submissions before the 31st May 2018.”
Read more about these informal settlements here: Land grab next to local mall – could this be the next Princess informal settlement?
In another statement by Rajaa Azzakani, spokesperson for the Joint Constitutional Review Committee, the committee addressed the issue by calling for written public submissions on the review of section 25 of the Constitution and other sections where necessary, to make it possible for the state to expropriate land in the public interest without compensation.
“This comes after the National Assembly in concurrence with the National Council of Provinces mandated the Constitutional Review Committee to propose the necessary constitutional amendments where applicable with regards to the kind of future land tenure regime needed,” said Azzakani.
“As part of its constitutional obligation to facilitate public participation, the committee invites written submissions from all stakeholders on the necessity of and mechanisms for expropriating land without compensation. In addition to the written submission, please indicate your interest in making an oral presentation to the committee.”
The submissions can be sent to Pat Jayiya, Committee Section, PO Box 15, Cape Town 8000, email [email protected], or call 021 403 3661, fax 086 465 0678, cell 081 441 0345. Hand-delivered submissions can be submitted at W/S 091, 3rd Floor, 90 Plein Street, Cape Town.The closing date for written submissions and requests for oral presentation is Thursday, 31 May.
Although these meetings fight with Parliament about laws pertaining to land expropriation without compensation, nothing is being done to hinder the ever-expanding informal settlements in Ruimsig (Pikoko) and next to Cradlestone Mall (Riverside).
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