We Will Expropriate Land Without Compensation – MEC

PICTURE: Ayi Leshabane

JOHANNESBURG: Land expropriation without compensation took centre stage in the Gauteng Legislature yesterday.

Echoing the sentiments of Premier David Makhura when he called for rapid land release last week, Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo said: “We are talking about [the] rapid land release. We are going to start releasing land right away and right now…”

Mamabolo was participating in a debate on land reform in the provincial legislature.

“Whether you like it or not, we are going to, not only take the land that is in government’s hands, but we are going to take private land as well,” he said. 

He said the DA had a narrow understanding of what land reform meant.

“The DA believes that all our people want are residential title deeds… When we speak about land expropriation without compensation, we speak of the source of all wealth,” Mamabolo said.

ANC’s MPL Lebogang Maine tabled the motion on land reform to be debated in the legislature earlier on Tuesday. The motion was not voted on.

“We resolve that expropriation of land without compensation as one of the means to achieve land restitution and security of tenure,” Maine said.

He said land reform would mean increased growth and shared the wealth.