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South Africa passes land expropriations bill
Some groups critical of bill allowing compulsory purchase in public interest that ruling ANC says will tackle injustice.
South Africa has passed a bill criticised by some opposition parties and farming groups that allows the compulsory purchase of land in the public interest.
The bill, approved by parliament on Thursday, will enable the state to pay for land at a value determined by a government adjudicator and then expropriate it for the “public interest”, ending the willing-buyer, willing-seller approach to land reform.
Twenty years after the end of apartheid, most of South Africa’s land is still white-owned and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party says the legislation will tackle an injustice and put more land in black hands.
The national assembly initially passed the bill in February before it was sent for amendments and it remains only for President Jacob Zuma to sign it into law.
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