Elmien du Plessis | Expropriation Bill: Making law is a political process, but it mustn't be misread

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The author writes that the Expropriation Bill aims to provide a consolidated framework to guide processes and procedures to ensure uniformity in the way that expropriation is done.
The author writes that the Expropriation Bill aims to provide a consolidated framework to guide processes and procedures to ensure uniformity in the way that expropriation is done.
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To reduce the Expropriation Bill to an instrument of expropriating land at nil compensation is an oversimplification of what the Bill seeks to do, writes Elmien du Plessis.

The time for commenting on the Expropriation Bill is running out, and once again, the debate is heating up. The past week there has been commentary from various organisations that have made people understandably worried.

I think it is helpful to remember that law-making, especially in legislation, is inherently political. And with this, I don't just mean party politics - it is about the lines we draw between what we think is fair or not, and what type of interest we seek to protect, or not. And this makes the making of legislation inherently messy.

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