OPINION | Fact checking the Expropriation Bill: Not so much an explanation but a justification

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News 24's expropriation fact check seems to be less geared towards explaining the prospective legislation than justifying it, writes Terence Corrigan.

The "Fact Check", published on 26 February, plays off the campaign by the DA to mobilise against the Expropriation Bill; it seems, though, to be less geared towards explaining this prospective legislation than justifying it.

It responds to the DA's claims by sourcing comment directly from two individuals broadly supportive of the bill, while quoting previous remarks from a third. Critical voices on this issue are not included. The Institute of Race Relations holds no brief for the DA, but has profound concerns about the pending legislation.

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