‘Farmers should be paid market value for expropriated land’

AgriSA says no farmer should be left worse off after their farm is expropriated.

FILE: AgriSA has been briefing Parliament’s Public Works Portfolio Committee on the contentious Expropriations Bill. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - AgriSA says farmers whose land is expropriated should be paid market value for their property as well as an additional amount to compensate for emotional trauma and financial loss.

The farmers' organisation has been briefing Parliament's Public Works Portfolio Committee on the contentious Expropriations Bill, the focus of three days of public hearings.

The draft law provides for property to be seized by the state but says that market value is just one of a number of criteria to take into account when paying compensation.

AgriSA's Annelize Crosby says the Expropriation Bill currently before Parliament is a vast improvement on the 2008 version that was shelved over concerns about its constitutionality.

But Crosby says no farmer should be left worse off after their farm is expropriated.

"Compensation should be as close as possible to market value and in addition to that we believe that there should be compensation for the emotional trauma in the form of solatium [a Roman Dutch law concept also known as 'tranegeld' or 'money for tears' in Afrikaans] and there should be also compensation for any consequential losses."

Crosby says for farmers expropriation means not only the loss of their home but also their livelihood.