Grave danger looms as ANC proposes state takes all land – IRR
1 June 2021
South Africans are warned to take note of the grave implications of the proposals put forward by the ANC for amending Section 25 of the Constitution, which would not only sideline the courts in expropriation cases, but would explicitly push nationalisation of land.
The party has proposed that the following words be introduced: ‘The state must take reasonable legislative and other measures, within its available resources, to foster conditions which enable state custodianship of land and for citizens to gain access to land on an equitable basis.’
The effect would be to entrench nationalisation of land within the Bill of Rights – itself a remarkable position – with legislation to define the exact terms.
This is concerning in the extreme, but not surprising at all.