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The Western Cape Provincial Parliament has decided to not support the Expropriation Bill. This was unanimously resolved in the Standing Committee on Infrastructure after none of the political parties supported the Expropriation Bill in its current form.
The Committee heard that the bill in its current form:
• is flawed and unconstitutional;
• it will jeopardize property rights for all South Africans;
• the bill will act as a deterrent to economic investment, and will impede economic growth within the province;
• contrary to its intended purpose, the bill is anticipated to hinder rather than enhance land reform efforts.
These concerns echo the sentiments expressed during the public participation phase, where residents also voiced their opposition towards the bill.
The committee also raised concerns that the timeframe allocated for the legislative process was insufficient. This means that not all public participants were reached during the public hearings on the Expropriation Bill. The Committee requested an extension from the NCOP to conduct additional public hearings, but was only offered one week within which to host the hearings, making it virtually impossible to have the necessary public engagement.
MPP Matlhodi Maseko says: “The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape, alongside all other political parties in the Provincial Parliament, has decided not to support the controversial Expropriation Bill and has proposed various changes to the bill.
The Western Cape’s recommendations have been sent to our delegation in the National Council of Provinces for submission and further consideration.
The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape will not back down in this fight against the Expropriation Bill.”
Issued by Matlhodi Maseko MPP - DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Infrastructure