Ring another alarm bell. It’s sounded by the intention of the ANC government to review and amend section 25 of the constitution that deals with property rights. Eerily included in section 25 is the provision that “property is not limited to land”. Whatever does this mean? What is it intended to mean, and to what mischievous interpretations might it lead? Amid the heated contention over the move by the ruling party for the state to expropriate land without compensation, this tiny insertion at section 25(4)(b) has so far attracted no attention as to the perils that meddling with constitutional “property” protections might invite. Once a Pandora’s box has been opened, it can be inordinately difficult to close. Be suspicious that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) won’t easily allow it to close. The EFF has the bit between its teeth and the ANC, preparing for the 2019 elections, is bending over to accommodate it. Step one for the EFF has been the populist onslaught against Jacob Zuma. ...

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