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.
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.