EFF statement on the Draft Expropriation Bill
12 October 2020
The Economic Freedom Fighters notes with dismay the premature publication of the draft Expropriation Bill by the Minister of Public Works. Patricia de Lille, which was published on the Government Gazette on the 9th of October.
We view the publication of this Bill as an unnecessary provocation, and an attempt to undermine the work of the Ad Hoc Committee on amending Section 25 of the Constitution. to allow for expropriation of land without compensation. The Ad Hoc Committee was given the task of completing a Constitutional Amendment Bill. which must provide for the expropriation of land without compensation. as recommended by the Constitutional Review Committee in 2018.
South Africa is a constitutional democracy and all law and conduct must logically flow from the Constitution. When we tabled our motion for the amendment of the Constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation, we were cognizant of the fact that if there has to be a thoroughgoing process of land justice in this country, the Constitution would have to be amended.
Most political parties in parliament, including the ruling party, agreed with this view.