South Africa presidential panel backs limited land seizures

- | 3 months ago

President Ramaphosa set up the team of experts last year as the ANC was coming under pressure from opposition parties, especially from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

The panel proposed that the government expropriateland held purely for speculative purposesland already occupied and used by tenants and former tenantsland that has been abandonedinner city buildings with absentee landlords. It said those who had bought property since the end of apartheid should be treated differently to those who had inherited land that was held under the apartheid system.

The main opposition Democratic Alliance party rejected the report's recommendations, saying land expropriation without compensation would "further batter our ailing economy".

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