Have Your Say:

Expropriation Without Compensation

The ‘Have Your Say’ page is intended to give you an opportunity to express support for or opposition to various issues of the time.

Should expropriation of property without compensation be permitted?

The DDF's position on expropriation without compensation is that current property owners are owners in due course and would have exchanged value for the property they posses. To dispossess owners in due course is no different from similar acts of dispossession condemned throughout history, whether the property is land, homes, vehicles, financial assets, businesses, books, works of art or whatever. These are all property which have historically been expropriated (confiscated) by governments from around the world from their minority populations, in the past, under various dubious pretexts. SA should not go there. We are better than that.

The state of yesterday is responsible for the present, and the state of today inherits that responsibility and must assume the responsibility to rectify the wrongs of the past, without committing further wrongs in the present. Two wrongs do not make a right. The only fair course is expropriation, where justified, with adequate compensation, decided by the market and paid for by the state. In short, a willing buyer - willing seller arrangement. If South Africa wishes to occupy a moral high-ground in world affairs, that is what they need to do.

The DDF will embraced the willing buyer - willing seller strategy and will resolve the land issues in SA as the ANC should have done, but did not.

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