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Media release: Bad faith public participation in EWC hearings a travesty of participatory democracy

 20 Sep 18
The Free Market Foundation’s (FMF) exclusion from the expropriation without compensation (EWC) parliamentary hearings is an affront to South Africa’s participatory democracy and the land rights struggle.…

Media release: Expropriation without compensation will require 75 per cent vote – Professor Robert Vivian

 17 Sep 18
75% of the National Assembly vote would be required to change the Constitution to allow general expropriation without compensation, not 66% as the ANC and EFF believe, according to Robert Vivian, Professor of Finance and Insurance, Wits School of Eco…

How to provide responsibly for expropriation without compensation

17 Sep 18   Martin van Staden
If the Constitution is to be amended to provide for expropriation without compensation (EWC) – something South Africans of all stripes should oppose in principle – there are either safer or more dangerous ways to go about it.…

Title deeds are simply a means to an end – security of property rights

South Africa has a history of denying property rights, especially to the poor and vulnerable.…

EWC is an assault on the constitutional right to dignity

Land dispossession was commonplace in pre-democratic South Africa. People were kicked off their land because past regimes had no regard for individual property rights.…

The land fetish

28 Aug 18   James Peron
Doctors are the hardest people in the world to control.…

Expropriation of property without compensation – 75 per cent required to change the Constitution

22 Aug 18   Robert W Vivian
It seems the African National Congress (ANC) is determined to press ahead with the expropriation of property without compensation. This raises a number of constitutional questions. These questions and offered answers have appeared in the press.…

‘Never again’ until next time

15 Aug 18   Martin van Staden
In 1994, Nelson Mandela dedicated the day he was inaugurated as the first President of a free South Africa to those who sacrificed “and surrendered their lives so that we could be free”.…

No investment without property rights

14 Aug 18   Chris Hattingh
President Ramaphosa recently deployed four investment envoys with a target of raising $100bn in investments over the next five years.…

Media release: South Africa PLUMMETS to 37th in global property rights rankings, falling behind Rwanda

08 Aug 18  
On property rights South Africa was ranked 27th overall and 1st in the African region. However, South Africa's score declined by 0.65 from 7,00 in 2017 to 6,35 in 2018. This is the largest decline by any country measured in the index.…

Will South Africa go the way of Zimbabwe?

31 Jul 18   Temba A Nolutshungu
In February 2018, the African National Congress (ANC) government of South Africa joined with the radical left-leaning Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to approve a motion in parliament to request the Constitutional Review Committee to “undertake a pro…

African judges defend Rule of Law

24 Jul 18   Gary Moore
A 1992 Treaty established the Southern African Development Community (“SADC”) to promote growth and development.…

Media release: Never again – property rights must be protected

25 Jun 18   FMF Media Release
The Free Market Foundation’s (FMF) Rule of Law Project has responded to the Constitutional review committee and made a submission on the resolution for Expropriation Without Compensation (EWC) 2018, which seeks to change Section 25 of the Constitutio…

SA history of disrespect for property rights

20 Jun 18   Eustace Davie
Tragedies, such as legislated racism and disrespect for individual and property rights are generally manufactured by individuals with malign political intentions.…

Gauteng government is undermining constitutional democracy

19 Jun 18   Martin van Staden
Some in government believe that they were given carte blanche when they were elected.…

Media release: Expropriation without compensation (EWC) is a betrayal of the struggle

25 May 18   FMF Media Release
“Expropriation without compensation (EWC) is a betrayal of the struggle and the most ominious reversal on the road to true liberation for black South Africans since apartheid.…

Snake in the grass with Joburg housing policy

23 May 18   Martin van Staden
Something all politically-conscious South Africans often forget is that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.…

Six myths about the land question that must be exposed

18 May 18   Mark Oppenheimer
Parliament plans to change the property clause in our constitution to allow the state to expropriate land without compensation.…

Unconstitutional subdivision restriction the major obstacle to rapid land reform

14 May 18   Roan Stoop
If the constitutionality of the Subdivision of Agricultural Land Act (Act 70 of 1970) was challenged in the Constitutional Court it would likely lead to the repeal of the subdivision restriction on farmland.…

Expropriation without compensation would affect the rule of law

09 May 18   Gary Moore
The Expropriation Act authorises government expropriation of private property for market-value compensation.…

Absurdity of South Africa’s estate agency laws

08 May 18   Mike Spencer
We all want to see a growing economy that allows people the dignity of work and to improve their living standards. This applies to every sector and industry.…