Month: March 2021

Analysis of the Expropriation Bill’s confiscation policy

Background Sakeliga recently submitted comment on the Expropriation Bill of 2020. The bill is controversial, and expropriation has always been contentious. The current proposals, however, deviate from international best practice on expropriation by seeking to introduce confiscation as a regular public policy. This analysis follows on previous Sakeliga submissions on the Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill […]
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“A sure recipe for economic disaster” – Sakeliga criticises Expropriation Bill in Parliament

“I get the sense that the idea with this Expropriation Bill is to introduce regular expropriation in the country, regularly under market value, and that is a sure recipe for economic disaster,” said Piet le Roux, Sakeliga CEO, during his presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure, which is responsible for the Expropriation Bill.   […]
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EWC amendment bill risks jeopardising constitutional order and incriminating Parliament – Sakeliga

At Parliamentary committee hearings today, business organisation Sakeliga strongly objected to the proposed Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill.   Sakeliga emphasised the constitutional incompatibility of expropriation without compensation, as it has done before, but added that recent formulations risk inviting Parliament to commit public law legal misrepresentations.  Presenting for Sakeliga, Piet le Roux, the organisation’s chief executive, argued that  “Constitutions are not legitimate foundational documents because they have been adopted in a certain […]
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Verbal Commentary on the Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill

EWC: We will never accept an unconstitutional order In its oral presentation to Parliament’s ad hoc committee to initiate and introduce legislation amending section 25 of the Constitution, Sakeliga CEO Piet le Roux, emphasised the constitutional incompatibility of expropriation without compensation, as Sakeliga has done before, but added that recent formulations risk inviting Parliament to […]
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Mondelinge Kommentaar op die Wetsontwerp op die Agtiende Grondwetwysiging

Die sakegroep, Sakeliga, het vandag by parlementêre komiteeverhore sterk beswaar teen die voorgestelde Agtiende Wysigingswetsontwerp op die Grondwet.  Sakeliga het, soos vantevore, klem op die grondwetlike onversoenbaarheid van onteiening sonder vergoeding gelê, maar het bygevoeg dat onlangse formulerings die parlement op risiko plaas om publiekregtelike wanvoorstellings te doen.  Piet le Roux, uitvoerende hoof van die organisasie, het namens Sakeliga aangevoer:  “Grondwette is nie wettige grondslagdokumente is net omdat dit op […]
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Expropriation Bill process seriously flawed – Sakeliga

The Portfolio Committee dealing with the Expropriation Bill is disregarding written submissions when deciding who to include in public hearings, according to business group Sakeliga.   This state of affairs puts the Committee in breach of its constitutional duty to follow a due and proper process, including proper and fair public participation. The committee should rectify its process, consider all written submissions, and accommodate all qualifying parties at its verbal hearings.  These inferences and […]
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Expropriation as punishment

In addition to the multiple concerning provisions in the new Expropriation Bill published on October 9, 2020,  it is clear that government has adopted an entirely new conceptualisation of expropriation. No longer is expropriation regarded as a terrible inconvenience that blameless property owners must be compensated for, but rather as a crude tool of policy, one which […]
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New BEE code harms legal profession’s independence and functioning

The draft BEE code for the legal sector poses a threat to the independence and functioning of the legal profession. The code harms not only the private interests of practitioners, firms, and clients, but also the public interest, given the legal professions’ foundational role in a constitutional order.  These submissions form part of business group Sakeliga’s comments this week on the draft Legal Sector Code. Now in its second iteration for public comment, the draft Legal Sector Code seeks to bring the legal […]
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Fighting corruption with less politics and more business in South Africa

Both private and public sector corruption, whether moral or criminal, is a result of perverted incentives. These incentives are in turn a result of a political philosophy that regards it as at best appropriate, and at worst imperative, that policy (and political) considerations play a central role in commercial and economic decision-making. South Africa would […]
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