CITY of Ekurhuleni’s executive mayor Cllr Mzwandile Masina announced at the budget speech on May 24 that they will respond to Gauteng Premier David Makura’s call for rapid land expropriation. Makura has called for this to be implemented by June 15.
“The Government here in Ekurhuleni will release 120 farms to our farmers. We will release 40 pieces of strategic land parcels for development for those who qualify through proper and legal means, and we will release 341 council-owned shops that must be given to our people for them to upgrade and trade,” said Masina. The mayor has added that all expropriation must be done in a non-violent way.
The implementation of rapid land expropriation comes ahead of a motion in parliament for the amendment of the constitution to allow Government to expropriate land without compensation. A parliamentary committee was established to review Section 25 of the Constitution which deals with property rights.
The committee is to take into account what ordinary South Africans, policymakers, civil society organisations and academics have to say on the issue. They will then make recommendations to parliament regarding amendments to the Constitution. The committee has been given the deadline of August 30 to complete this process.