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FF+ Vows to Battle Expropriation Bill to Constitutional Court

Published March 21, 2024
2 months ago


In a decisive stance against the contentious Expropriation Bill, South Africa's Freedom Front Plus (FF+) party has expressed its resolve to challenge the legislation all the way to the nation's highest judicial institution — the Constitutional Court. FF+ leadership has sounded alarms over the Bill, which has already cleared the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) and is poised for a return to the National Assembly for the endorsement of amendments proposed by the NCOP.


Dr. Pieter Groenewald, the leader of FF+, has not minced words regarding the implications of the Bill for South African society and its economy. "Should the Expropriation Bill be adopted, the repercussions would be dire," he cautions, predicting economic turmoil and a severe hit to the country's stability. With the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party seemingly determined to fast-track the Bill's passage ahead of the 2024 elections, Dr. Groenewald is girding for a legal showdown.


The Bill in question, Groenewald asserts, is effectively a facsimile of expropriation without compensation, endangering property ownership across the board. This includes both tangible and intangible assets, from real estate to intellectual property. "Under this Bill, individuals in South Africa lose the guarantee of sole ownership of their possessions, as the government gains the authority to expropriate property on a whim," he states.


Joining the fray, the Democratic Alliance (DA) is equally vociferous in its opposition to the legislation. Echoing FF+'s sentiment, the DA denounces the Bill as a gateway for expropriation without compensation surreptitiously introduced through legislation. An official statement from the party condemned the ANC's approach as a "desperate, last-ditch effort" to garner votes ahead of the upcoming elections.


The Bill's adversaries are branding it unconstitutional, with FF+ prepared to unite with other political entities and organizations that share its viewpoint in an effort to nullify the legislation through judicial intervention.


The burgeoning political conflict sets the stage for a key battle over property rights in South Africa, with the outcome having significant constitutional and economic implications. As the Bill navigates the national legislative process, its proponents and critics stand on the brink of an intense legal confrontation, one that will likely cement the legal parameters around property ownership for years to come.



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