SAIRR slams land reform green paper
Cape Town - The recently-released green paper on land reform is part of a new assault on the Constitution and the rule of law, the SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) warned on Friday.
It said the document - made public on Wednesday - sought to "oust the jurisdiction of the courts" through the establishment of a land valuer-general, as well as a new land management commission.
Among its outcomes was that more and more land would be owned by the government, and more and more people would occupy such land at the pleasure of the state.
"Instead of helping black South Africans to experience the security of land ownership, the ANC seems intent on preventing them from ever acquiring this foundation for economic and political independence."
People outside the agricultural sector might see the green paper as posing problems for farmers alone, but this would be a mistake.
"The green paper uses the emotive land issue to bypass the judiciary and establish a new norm: that the amount of compensation payable on expropriation can be decided by a state official (the valuer-general) and that title to land can be set aside by a new bureaucratic body, the land management commission.
"Once this norm has taken root, there will be little to prevent it being extended to mines, banks, firms, shares, or any other asset," the SAIRR said.