AfriBusiness calls land expropriation decision ‘borderline insane’
A number of civil society organisations, including trade unions and foundations, agree that land reform needs to proceed, but say public protests will be launched
The motion passed in Parliament to weigh the possibility of the expropriation of land without compensation is "borderline insane", says AfriBusiness CEO Piet le Roux. "It will reverse all the restitution projects that have been implemented since 1994. This is a crisis. It is the most important political moment in SA’s history since 1994." Le Roux spoke after a closed meeting held by civil society organisations under the auspices of AfriBusiness, the Solidarity trade union, and the FW de Klerk Foundation. The meeting, which included the Free Market Foundation, the Helen Suzman Foundation, the South African Institute of Race Relations and farmers’ union TLU SA, accepted a resolution that all parties agreed land reform in SA had to proceed apace. A panel representing the delegates did say, however, that public protests would be launched.