Cosatu urges government to amend Expropriation Bill

Cosatu says the bill should prohibit any compensation of individuals whose property was acquitted during apartheid.

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BRAAMFONTEIN - Labour federation Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has urged government to amend the Expropriation Bill to prohibit any compensation of individuals whose property was acquitted during apartheid.

This follows comments from the African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament saying it does not agree with any form of land expropriation without compensation.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) proposed that the national assembly establish an ad hoc, multi-party committee to investigate land expropriation without compensation - but that motion failed.

President Jacob Zuma has recently indicated the country will amend its laws to allow the expropriation of land without compensation as government tries to speed up land distribution.

Cosatu's general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali says they agree with him.

“Cosatu, however, urges government to amend the bill to prohibit any compensation of individuals whose property was acquired during apartheid and colonial forces removal.”

On Wednesday, the ANC rejected the EFF's offer of its 6% of the national vote to amend the Constitution to allow the expropriation of land without compensation.

On Wednesday, the ANC Women’s League said it doesn't understand the rationale behind the party’s caucus for opposing the EFF's proposal for the Expropriation Bill to be amended.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)