South Africa 23.5.2018 04:00 pm

Municipalities, state-owned firms must expropiate unused land – Cyril

President Cyril Ramaphosa replying to questions from members of parliament, 8 May 2018. Picture: ANA

President Cyril Ramaphosa replying to questions from members of parliament, 8 May 2018. Picture: ANA

Unused land will be made available to the urban poor for housing so they don’t resort to illegal land grabs, the president said in the National Assembly.

Municipalities and state-owned companies must expropriate and release unused land for housing the country’s urban, landless poor, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says.
 
“Municipalities and state-owned enterprises need to release unused land and service sites for housing so that our people must have houses, so that they also do not resort to self-help measures through the illegal occupation of land,” Ramaphosa said during the presidency budget speech in the National Assembly.
 
“We condemn illegal land occupation and rather redirect our people to go to land that would be made available to them as our municipalities take land through either expropriation or other means of land that is unused, so that it can be put to good use in the hands of our people.”
 
Parliament this year adopted a resolution that the country must forge ahead with land expropriation without compensation as the willing-buyer, willing-seller model of redistributing land, which blacks were forcibly removed from during apartheid, had not yielded any major results. 
African News Agency (ANA)

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