The controversial Land Panel Report will not only have far-reaching effects on agriculture, but also on any other landowners in the country. TAU SA realized that the general public was unaware of the implications that the proposals in the report could have on their property.
The report focusing on expropriation without compensation was launched at the end of July and widely condemned from agricultural ranks. Two members of the panel, Mr. Nick Serfontein and Mr. Dan Kriek withdrew from the panel and at the same time compiled a minority report because they did not agree with the proposals in the report.
“Although we, as the agricultural community, are extremely concerned about the implications and consequences of the proposals in the Ground Panel Report for Commercial Agriculture, we are also very concerned about the public’s lack of knowledge in this regard,” says Mr. Louis Meintjes, the President of TAU SA. “We have studied the report carefully and it is clear that the proposals should also raise red flags for urban dwellers, in fact any landowner.”
The most important elements that all landowners should be concerned about include:
The proposed expropriation property will target the following groups: commercial farmers, agribusinesses, mining houses, churches, financial institutions and other landowners;
The landowner must finance expropriation without compensation;
The rights of a landowner with respect to evictions are even more limited;
Private ownership is changed to other forms of ownership with the ultimate goal of nationalization; and
The state is in charge of the agricultural value chain, including the production and distribution of food, as well as the processes and infrastructure for food production.
The main points of the bulky report are available on TAU SA’s website.
TAU SA has been building the TAU SA Property Law Fund for some time now, which will mainly be used for court cases regarding land expropriation.
TAU SA is today launching the Red Flags Campaign, which encourages the public to support this fund.
“We will also continue our actions and discussions with foreign countries to apply pressure on the South African government to stop the short-term constitutional amendments around land expropriation – which puts private property law in jeopardy,” says Mr. Meintjes.