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Land restitution without compensation would spell disaster for SA

During the State of the Nation Address (SONA), Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti told parliament that a pre-colonial audit of land ownership, use and occupation is needed to speed up socio-economic reform, saying that a single law should be developed to address the issue of land restitution without compensation once the audit has been completed.

Dr John Purchase, Agbiz CEO responded that even if flagged as political rhetoric, the minister’s push for restitution without compensation is unacceptable and irresponsible. “Such a government programme would be totally outside of the spirit and letter of the current and negotiated Constitution of South Africa,” he said.

“If implemented, it will not only be a disaster for commercial farming and farmers, but it will also have catastrophic consequences for the whole South African economy, as well as for food security.”

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