“Expropriation Without Compensation Just One of the Tools for Land Reform” – Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa behind the podium to respond to the SONA debate.
President Cyril Ramaphosa behind the podium to respond to the SONA debate. (Jan Gerber, News24)

By Lelethu Mgedezi in response to an original article at News24

“Expropriation without compensation” has been in political party slogans leading up to the 2019 national election in May. The president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has acknowledged that this method is considered for agrarian and spatial justice, as opposed to the call for nationalizing land. Designated government departments whose mandates intersect with land and agricultural development will work in synergy to advance economic development through land, drawing principles from the Freedom Charter adopted 64 years ago. 

At this point, parliament has two objectives: to give meaning to the amendment of section 25 of the Constitution under the ambit of “expropriation without compensation” and craft practical methods of land redistribution. 

Expropriation is deemed a proactive means to land justice as opposed to awaiting fluctuation on markets for land affordability. Members are calling for the land question to be finalized by the end of the year.


Lelethu Mgedezi
Lelethu Mgedezi

Lelethu Mgedezi is an attorney who holds an LLM in International Trade Law from Stellenbosch University, an LLB from the University of Fort Hare and an Introduction to Thought Leadership for Africa’s Renewals certificate from the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (UNISA). As a student, she formed a sorority aimed at empowering female students mainly with strategies of advancing their livelihood. She has served her articles in public and private institutions. She worked for the Legal Aid South Africa where she mainly offered free legal services to clients in criminal and civil matters. She then ceded her articles to Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys where she was mainly involved in civil litigation. She also has vast experience in legal insurance where she assisted policy holders with legal advice, informal mediation and policy claims. Her engagement in civil society commenced at the Women’s Legal Centre where her key roles were to offer free legal advice to women and  to identify potential class action cases for developing public law jurisprudence for the benefit of women.

She is passionate about the development of the livelihood of vulnerable groups and the previously disadvantaged, using the law. She has joined the LRC as an attorney to work in the Constitutional Litigation Unit. 

Inspired by our history, the Constitution and international human rights standards, the LRC is committed to a fully democratic society based on the principle of substantive equality. The LRC seeks to ensure that the principles, rights and responsibilities enshrined in our national Constitution are respected, promoted, protected and fulfilled.