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Nkwinti: Govt must start expropriating land without compensation

Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti says an audit of pre-colonial land is needed to fast-track the transfer of land to the black majority.

Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti says government needs to start expropriating land without compensation if it’s to speed up socio-economic reform.

He’s told Parliament during the debate on the State of the Nation Address that an audit of pre-colonial land is needed to fast-track the transfer of land to the black majority.

Nkwinti says the willing-buyer, willing-seller principle was not having the desired effect.

He also claims the City of Cape Town is the only municipality to demand money for land it owned that
was approved for restitution.

“Cape Town is the only municipality in the country which charges for land that was owned by the municipality here, we have had to pay R120 million.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)