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Ann Bernstein of the Centre for Development and Enterprise disputes the validity of the concerns the Institute of Race Relations has raised regarding the Expropriation Bill and the prospects of a custodial taking of land (“Custodianship of land is not on the table (https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/letters/2021-04-25-letter-custodianship-of-land-is-not-on-the-table/)”, April 25). We welcome the engagement.

She is correct that the bill is not directly about custodianship, but our perspective on this is informed not just by the legal terms of this piece of legislation (though there is much that is problematic in the bill), but by the thrust of policy, politics and ideology...

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