Expropriation Bill compensation amounts to be challenged
Parliament’s Public Works Portfolio Committee has begun deliberating on the controversial draft law.
CAPE TOWN - Deputy Public Works Minister Jeremy Cronin has shot down organised agriculture's bid to secure additional compensation for farmers whose land is expropriated.
Parliament's Public Works Portfolio Committee has begun deliberating on the controversial draft law after holding three days of public hearings last month.
Agri-SA argued then that farmers should be paid so-called "tranegeld" or "money for tears," because of the emotional trauma of losing their homes and their livelihoods.
The organisation also wanted farmers to be paid the costs of setting up afresh elsewhere.
The bill says compensation should be just and equitable.
Cronin believes that as far as it should go.
Cronin said the bill provides for an overarching process governing expropriation, carried out in terms of various national provincial and municipal laws.
"So we prefer not to get into all of that detail, we think that the just and equitable requirement in the general of application is adequate."
Cronin said the bill is not intended to deal with specific cases of expropriation where loses may not only be financial. The bill allows for the amount of compensation to be challenged in court.