DA wants Mabuza to withdraw expropriation without compensation statement

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Deputy President David Mabuza. (Jan Gerber/News24)
Deputy President David Mabuza. (Jan Gerber/News24)
  • The DA wants Deputy President David Mabuza to withdraw his statement that expropriation without compensation will be used to resolve restitution claims.
  • He said this in a question session in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
  • The DA claims it is "an unbridled attack on the constitutional" rights of landowners.

The DA wants Deputy President David Mabuza to withdraw his statement that expropriation without compensation will be used to resolve restitution claims.

Answering questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday, Mabuza said expropriation was one of the "tools" the government would use.  

"Some land is going to be purchased for redistribution," he added.

"The land that is in question for expropriation is restitution land, because the land has been claimed by claimants.

"We are not going to wait until all legislative processes are in place before we can transfer land from those who own the land to the claimants," Mabuza said, adding Parliament was seized with amending Section 25 of the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation and processing the Expropriation Bill.

"We are going to continue to settle claims so there is no standstill in the process."

He encouraged Parliament to "stand up and hurry up" to amend the Constitution.

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In a statement released on Thursday, DA MPs Annette Steyn, the party's spokesperson on agriculture, and Annelie Lotriet, its spokesperson on the amendment of Section 25, said Mabuza must withdraw his statement.

"If Mabuza's announcement is now official government policy, it is an unbridled attack on the constitutional right of the current landowner to have their land expropriated with just and equitable compensation," their joint statement read.

"For landowners who are currently facing uncertainty about their future as a result of the ANC's ill-advised pursuit of the Expropriation Bill and amendment to Section 25 of the Constitution, this announcement revealed the true intentions of a government that has declared war on property rights.

"The DA will not allow this subversion of the Constitution to stand.

"In its blind pursuit to force through these disastrous bills, the ANC has become a wrecking ball against the very foundations against which our constitutional democracy is founded.

"For a deputy president to stand on the Parliament podium and make proclamations on bills that are yet to be passed, is not only dangerous but shows how out of touch the ANC is on the direct implications of these bills on the economy."

On Tuesday, the National Assembly unanimously agreed to extend the deadline of the ad hoc committee amending Section 25 again, this time to 21 May. This is to allow the committee to hear oral representations from, among others, AfriForum and Black First Land First.

The committee lapsed last year after the Covid-19 pandemic hamstrung its work, but it was re-established. Thereafter, its initial deadline was extended.

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