AGRICULTURAL NEWS - Free State Agriculture (FSA) remains vehemently opposed to certain clauses in the Expropriation Bill and seriously questions government’s sincerity with regard to the issue of land expropriation and ownership, according to Francois Wilken, FSA president.
Following the recent publication of government’s land policy, he said the new Expropriation Bill posed a real threat to all South Africans’ rights to own property.
“It is important to understand that the stated aims of the new Expropriation Bill are to allow the state to target and expropriate any property without compensation. In other words, through this legislation, government does not seek to expand property rights, it seeks to limit it.”
According to Wilken, government did not need the Expropriation Bill in its current format to expand the base of private land ownership in South Africa.