Land: DA join the fight against proposed Expropriation Bill

2008-06-02 00:00

Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance has become the latest body to reject the proposed Expropriation Bill, with DA leader Helen Zille and other party leaders saying yesterday that the bill in its present form will undermine the land reform programme and threaten the foundations of South Africa’s economy.

The bill is aimed at replacing the Expropriation Act of 1975, which, according to the Cabinet, does not conform with the Constitution. The Act requires compensation for market value, actual financial loss and “solatium” — a consolation for loss - while, in terms of the Constitution, the compensation must be just and equitable and reflecting an “equitable balance between the public interest and the interest of those affected”.

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