Zuma urged not to sign ‘unconstitutional’ Expropriation Bill

The DA, agricultural union TAU SA and the Institute of Race Relations have written to President Zuma.

President Jacob Zuma hands over a cheque to the leader of the Mahishi community as part of the first phase of compensation in the land claim agreement. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has been urged not to sign the Expropriation Bill.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is the latest to petition Zuma to send the Bill back to Parliament, claiming it's unconstitutional and that proper procedures weren't followed in getting the draft law approved.

Agricultural union, Transvaal Agricultural Union SA and the Institute of Race Relations have also written to the President.

The union's Louis Meintjies says, "Send it back to Parliament and look at the constitutionality of the Bill and bring it in line to the Constitution and put a Bill there that is in line with the Constitution (sic)."

The Expropriation Bill allows for property to be expropriated by the state for the public purpose, such as the widening of roads, and the public interest.

It will replace the apartheid-era Expropriation Act of 1975 and has been hailed by African National Congress as marking the beginning of accelerated land reform.

Last month, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) rejected the adoption of the Expropriation Bill, saying it was based on ethically unjustifiable logic.

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the new piece of legislation didn't provide answers to the colonial question on land.

Additional reporting by Ziyanda Ngcobo