Landowners can challenge expropriation bill

Govt says the bill aims to set out a clear and fair process to be followed when land is expropriated.

FILE: Deputy Minister Jeremy Cronin says the bill aims to set out a clear and fair process to be followed when land is expropriated. FB.

CAPE TOWN - Landowners unhappy with the amount of compensation offered when the state expropriates their property will be able to challenge the decision in court.

That's one of the provisions of the re-formulated expropriation bill, which is now before Parliament.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi and his deputy, Jeremy Cronin, briefed Parliament's Public Works Portfolio Committee on the bill on Tuesday.

Cronin says the bill aims to set out a clear and fair process to be followed when land or other property is expropriated.

"The illusion that this bill, when it becomes legislation, will enable us then to do some strange things by ways of expropriating and emulate the country to north of Limpopo, it's bizarre."