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South Africa parliament passes land expropriation bill

South Africa’s main house of parliament took a first step on Tuesday toward enabling the state to make compulsory purchases of land to redress racial disparities in land ownership. This will enable the state to pay for land at a value determined by a government adjudicator and then expropriate it for the “public interest.”

 

The bill, which still needs to be passed by South Africa’s other house of parliament and signed into law by President Jacob Zuma, effectively scraps the willing-buyer, willing-seller approach to land reform.
But it does not signal the kind of often violent land grabs that took place in neighboring Zimbabwe, where white-owned farms were seized by the government for redistribution to landless blacks.

 

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