The draft expropriation without compensation bill is innocuous and simply intended to fast-track much overdue land justice, post-apartheid redress and reform. It is also the governing party’s view that it is not a bill to be feared and that valid concerns raised by the public will be assessed and, where sensible, that grievances will be redressed.

The draft bill’s opponents describe it as a thicket of inconsistencies and legal lacunae — which will lead to an endless swamp of litigation — and a watering down of the separation of powers and court oversight. This tends to be the view shared by the country’s business lobbies, all of whom, however, say expropriation is necessary but not under the wide ambit of the draft bill...

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