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AfriForum to approach different embassies to pressure SA govt over land policy

AfriForum says that embassies could play a role in warning the government that any violation of property rights will have a knock-on effect for investment.

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota (right) and AfriForum’s Kallie Kriel at a press conference in Pretoria. Picture: Afriforum.co.za

JOHANNESBURG – AfriForum says it will approach different embassies in the country requesting them to exert pressure on the South African government to protect property rights in the light of the proposed land policy.

The group handed over a memorandum to the US embassy on Monday.

The organisation says it will submit more memoranda with Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosiuoa Lekota to the other embassies.

However, Cope has denied being part of this.

Last week, Parliament's Constitutional Review Committee adopted a report recommending that Section 25 of the Constitution be changed to explicitly allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.

AfriForum says that embassies could play a role in warning the government that any violation of property rights will have a knock-on effect for investment.

AfriForum's Kallie Kriel says: “We should not have such a clause to allow this to happen. It’s not acceptable to any international investor and the sooner we realise that, the better it will be for everyone in our country.”

At the same time Cope's Dennis Bloem says the party has distanced itself from this.

“The leadership of Cope knows nothing about this memorandum. This memorandum was never discussed in a Cope meeting.”

On Tuesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa reassured investors that the land reform process would be undertaken in an orderly and lawful manner.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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