Government and financial institutions must spell out what will happen to bonds under EWC – IRR
29 March 2021
Both the government and the country’s financial institutions must make it clear to South Africans what will happen to mortgage bonds on properties expropriated under the Expropriation Bill.
With all indications being that the Expropriation Bill will be passed, its practical implications need to be spelt out. The Bill makes provision for the expropriation of property at ‘nil’ compensation in various circumstances, and the probability of compensation being significantly below market value in most others.
Bonds to purchase property are a major financial obligation for countless South African households – an arduous one that is taken in the expectation of accumulating assets and building financial security.
In instances where bonded properties are expropriated, what responsibilities will be imposed on the dispossessed bondholders? The Bill suggests that bonds will be terminated, but does this imply that outstanding debts will be cancelled? Or will bondholders be expected to continue servicing their bonds until they are paid off, even if the asset has been taken?