TLU SA today launched a campaign to convince South Africans to raise their voices against the amendments of Article 25 of the constitution regarding expropriation without compensation.
“President Ramaphosa’s government decided unilaterally to change the constitution despite inputs spelling out the negative consequences of such amendments clearly,” says Mr Louis Meintjes, the president of TLU SA. “Our viewpoint is, and have always been that land expropriation without compensation endangers private ownership and the free-market system.
“The amendment will ruin the South African economy and will have a fatal effect on food security. We cannot and will not be part of this destructive process. Land expropriation is not more important than food on the table.”
The public has until February to comment on the wording of the amendments.
“Parliament is rushing the draft bill,” says Mr Meintjes. “With our campaign we are making an urgent appeal to President Ramaphosa, and the chairperson of the ad hoc committee tasked with the wording of the bill – Dr Mathole Motshekga – to rather focus on how the amendments and wording should read to strengthen ownership and prevent expropriation without compensation. It is the interest of every resident of South Africa.”
South Africans can support the campaign by following this link: https://www.tlu.co.za/en/land-