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South Africa Passes Land Expropriations Bill

South Africa Passes Land Expropriations Bill
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Some groups critical of bill allowing compulsory purchase in public interest that ruling ANC says will tackle injustice.


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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.


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