Media Room: Expropriation Without Compensation

Expropriation without compensation is unheard of in the open and democratic societies of the world. No society that has attempted expropriation without compensation has emerged from such an initiative with a prosperous economy – instead, ruin and poverty always resulted. Zimbabwe is already in the early stages of walking back its own experiment with no-compensation expropriation, and we must expect something similar to happen once the criminal regime of Nicholas Maduro in Venezuela comes to an end.

South Africa’s government is attempting to introduce expropriation without compensation in South Africa by amending section 25 of the Constitution to allow itself to expropriate private property without paying for it. The amendment to the Constitution itself is still being finalised by government, but the technical details for its implementation have already been published in the form of the Expropriation Bill. South Africans have until 28 February to comment on this disastrous piece of legislation. See the FMF’s submission on the constitutional amendment [here].

Register your opposition to this bill by sending a short submission to government. More information [here].

EWC conference

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Media releases

Expropriation Without Compensation (EWC) is a betrayal of the struggle
Expropriation Without Compensation will require 75 per cent vote – Professor Robert Vivian
No to Expropriation Without Compensation
Expropriation Bill legally flawed and dangerous to SA’s prosperity
The s25 Amendment Bill must not proceed
South Africa is undoing 26 years of progress with EWC
Only 45 days to comment on changing s 25 of the constitution – the Property Rights Clause – is irresponsible and anti-democratic
Never again – property rights must be protected
Government’s two-week extension to the comment period on Expropriation Without Compensation is an insult to democracy
EWC Constitutional Amendment will perpetuate the evils of apartheid
Bad faith public participation in EWC hearings a travesty of participatory democracy
Johann Rupert sponsors 70 title deeds in Aberdeen 
Government thinks review of just 0.01 percent of submissions is sufficient to change s25 of Constitution
Land Reform Bills threaten everything the struggle achieved
Poor black citizens continue to suffer EWC
EWC: Unnecessary for land reform, dangerous to the economy, disastrous for the poor
FMF international conference: Expropriation Without Compensation (EWC)

Mpiyakhe Dhlamini

Are supporters of EWC doing their part?
Former President Thabo Mbeki urges ANC rethink on EWC
Why property rights are pro-poor

Mpiyakhe Dhlamini, Chris Hattingh & Martin van Staden
The Ingonyama Trust should keep its promises and entrench property rights

Richard Grant

Less freedom, lower growth: what we should learn from international indices

Andrés F. Guevara B
Lessons from Venezuela: Implosion started with land grabs

Alexander Hammond

The latest Economic Freedom Report shows a worrying decline of Property Rights in SA 
Without strong property rights, an African free trade area is meaningless

Chris Hattingh

EWC tramples the sacrifices made by those who fought against colonialism and apartheid
Strong property rights are vital for economic growth
No investment without property rights
Low business confidence to be expected
Stop government from taking your property
Letter: Property rights must be safe from political whims
South Africa considers legislation that would allow the state to seize any citizen’s property
Letter: David Rakgase’s farm victory good news
EWC not the answer for post-covid-19 South Africa
Expropriation Without Compensation a death knell for SA’s economic prospects

Jacques Jonker

Expropriation Without Compensation will kill SA’s investment potential

Gary Moore

Expropriation Without Compensation would affect the rule of law

Zakhele Mthembu

Bantustan Act threatens hard-won property rights for rural dwellers
African norms are not compatible with Expropriation Without Compensation
In South Africa, property rights should vest in individuals

Temba A Nolutshungu

A tale of two eras: Mandela/Mbeki vs Zuma/Ramaphosa administrations

Mark Oppenheimer

Six myths about the land question that must be exposed 
The state wants to take your house and pay you nothing

Mark Oppenheimer & Cecelia Kok

EWC is an assault on the constitutional right to dignity

Tom Palmer

SA must look at the many horrific results of land Expropriation Without Compensation

James Peron

The land fetish
Zimbabwe land lessons for SA
Expropriation Without Compensation will not help its intended beneficiaries
Expropriation Without Compensation sends a clear message

Riaan Salie

EWC is a zero-sum game that will lead to more poverty and misery
Land Expropriation Without Compensation is an illusion that cannot lead to a better life

Mugabi John Socrates

SA can learn from Uganda’s dire history of Expropriation Without Compensation

Martin van Staden

More time required to comment on Expropriation Without Compensation amendment
How to provide responsibly for Expropriation Without Compensation
Expropriation Without Compensation is a contradiction in terms
‘Never again’ until next time
Gauteng government is undermining Constitutional democracy
Expropriation: Anti-white in rhetoric, anti-black in practice
Land reform: The free market way
Amending the Constitution on shaky grounds will cause illegitimacy
It would be deplorable to rush the expropriation amendment
Right to compensation central to protecting human rights
Ideologie bedreig ons grondwetlike legitimiteit
Expropriation amendment harkens back to apartheid legal thinking
Land expropriation in SA: A warning ignored, a society crumbling
Land Expropriation Without Compensation: Lessons from Venezuela paint dire future
The worrying escalation of land Expropriation Without Compensation
The unreasonableness of Expropriation Without Compensation

Robert Vivian

Expropriation of property without compensation – 75 per cent required to change the constitution
Amending the Constitution and Expropriation Without Compensation

Devon Windvogel

Expropriation Without Compensation is anti-poor and anti-transformation


Submission on Expropriation Without Compensation
Submission on Expropriation Bill
Submission to the department of Rural Development and Land Reform on the Communal Land Tenure Bill

Alex township highlights failure of EWC when politics prevails – FMF media briefing
Confusing land audits cannot be the basis of land reform – Leon Louw
Expropriation will cause job losses and economic decline – leave section 25 alone – Petrus Sitho
Expropriation Without Compensation – betrayal of the struggle – Temba A Nolutshungu & Terence Corrigan
Expropriation Without Compensation (EWC) and post-lockdown South Africa
Expropriation Without Compensation and the national democratic revolution – Dr Anthea Jeffery
Expropriation Without Compensation conference in a nutshell

Expropriation without compensation could be the death of democracy in SA - Free Marketeers
Expropriation without compensation: A barrier to entry for poor South Africans
– Devon Windvogel
Fast, affordable, simple – Khaya Lam’s property transfer process – Eustace Davie
First time home owners, Ngwathe – Maria Klaas & David Ubane
How removing RDP pre-emptive clauses will make home ownership a reality – Candice Pillay
How to stop Expropriation Without Compensation – Mark Oppenheimer
Land reform: government should create owners, not tenants – Terence Corrigan

Lessons from Ghana against expropriation of property – Franklin Cudjoe
Lessons from India against expropriation of property – Barun Mitra
Lessons from Kenya on expropriation of property – Linda Kavuka
Lessons from Nigeria against expropriation of property – Olumayowa Okediran
Lessons from Venezuela against expropriation of property – Maria Machado & Sary Carciente
Never again must South Africans be subject to Expropriation Without Compensation – Lawrence Mavundla
Remaking South Africa: Unfinished business – Penuell Maduna
South Africa must learn from Zimbabwe’s ill-fated land reform – Rejoice Ngwenya
Subdivision law hinders quick rural land reform – Martin van Staden
The American Constitutional Order and SA's Expropriation Without Compensation – Prof Robert Vivian
The disaster of Expropriation Without Compensation in Eastern Europe and Asia – Tom G. Palmer
Transforming the urban landscape through FMF’s Khaya Lam Project – Temba A. Nolutshungu
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