FACT CHECK | Expropriations Bill: Will the state be able to seize anything you own?

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The draft Expropriations Bill is currently in Parliament.
The draft Expropriations Bill is currently in Parliament.
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South Africa's official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has launched a public campaign warning that if the draft Expropriations Bill currently in Parliament is passed, the state would be able to "seize anything you own". 

However, two legal experts who spoke to News24 agree that the expropriation at zero compensation, as proposed by the draft legislation, would only occur in limited circumstances after due process is followed. 

The bill sets out the process the state may take to expropriate, and in certain circumstances at zero compensation, such as when a property has been abandoned, and only after it has tried to reach an agreement with owners. 

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