S.Africa panel backs land seizures, within limits

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- modernghana.com | 4 weeks ago

A South African advisory panel on Sunday backed land redistribution without compensation for owners, but only in limited circumstances, as the government pushes ahead with the controversial policy.

President Cyril Ramaphosa established the panel of experts last year after he took power and embraced enforced land reform as a flagship policy, despite warnings that it could scare off investors. "The Panel endorses the proposed policy shift towards using the provisions of the Constitution to expropriate land without compensation," its report said, adding "this need not, and should not, be applied in every case.

"Parliament will this year debate changing the constitution to strengthen the legal case for land seizures.

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