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ANC to table “Land expropriation bill” in parliament

The majority party in parliament, African National Congress (ANC) will introduce an amended land rights bill in parliament in May after the the Constitutional Court declared invalid, a law that re-opened a process for blacks to make claims on land taken from them during colonial era.

The Restitution of Land Rights Bill, allowing state expropriations of land to redress racial disparities, was among the first laws passed by the country’s first democratic government in November 1994.

Most of the land remains in white hands more than two decades after the end of apartheid.

However, the Constitutional Court last year declared the law invalid saying that Parliament had failed to allow for proper consultation before passing the law, and gave it 24 months to re-enact it.

The ruling African National Congress Party (ANC) said the draft bill, which will be open for public comment until May 19, sought to extend the date for lodging a land claim to 30 June 2021

 

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