Constitution should be amended to provide expropriation clarity, parliament hears
African Farmers Association of SA says market-based approach has failed to address the skewed patterns of land ownership in SA
The willing-buyer, willing-seller model of land redistribution has proved to be unsustainable and legislation must be enacted to provide clarity on expropriation without compensation, parliament heard on Thursday. According to the African Farmers Association of SA (Afasa), an association of black farmers with about 300,000 members, the focus on a “market-based approach” has failed to tackle the skewed patterns of land ownership in SA. This, the association says, has mostly failed black farmers who continue to struggle to access finance and markets. The constitutional review committee set up by parliament to help it decide whether there is a need to amend the constitution is continuing with public hearings on the sensitive matter as it bids to conclude its report by November. In her submission to the committee, Afasa president Vuyo Mahlati said the failure of land reform has disadvantaged black farmers. She said SA needs specific legislation on the issue of expropriation of land with...