Do white landowners also have rights?

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The proposed Regulation of Agricultural Land Holdings Bill will not only cause economic havoc in South Africa, but food security in the country will also be compromised. It will affect the property rights of all landowners, regardless of race or ethnicity, in terms of the categories of ceilings which the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform (currently Gugile Nkwinti) may determine.

Furthermore, the Bill is so vague and open for interpretation that it leaves the door wide open for grave injustices to be committed. This is especially worrisome in light of the ANC’s most recently all-out attack against agricultural landowners (in fact, all property owners) by proposing the implementation of ludicrous land reform policies and bills.

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Government will expropriate; it is now just a matter of when, and whether it will be with or without compensation. Taking these statements and the current increase of unlawful land grabs into account, it is clear that the rights of property owners are being trampled on simply because of the colour of their skin.

Click here to view the document submitted to the department.

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AfriBusiness urges the public to submit comments to the Minister at ralhbill@drdlr.gov.za or sello.ramasala@drdlr.gov.za, or deliver comments by hand at 184 Jeff Masemola Street, Pretoria. The organisation also urges the public to sign and submit commentary to the Minister as the period for public comment closes on 16 April 2017.

#StopNkwinti by sending an SMS with “Land” to 32277 to assist us in the fight against the unlawful expropriation of land. Each SMS costs R1.

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