March 30 2008. Rapport newspaper writes today that from July 2008, all SA private property can be expropriated by ANC-regime after July 2008, when the new Expropriations Act goes into effect.
Any private property - not only land used for agriculture -- can be appropriated by the South African state 's ministry of public works. Effectively, this marks the end of capitalist-style private property rights in South Africa. And all private-property owners will just have to accept any price offered to them by the government under this new law unless they are willing to engage in expensive law-suits to get the market-related price for their properties.
Effectively, this new law thus effectively ends all private-ownership rights in South Africa. It includes ALL properties countrywide: if the ministry of internal affairs wants land for housing 'previously disadvantaged residents, they can and undoubtedly will expropriate land owned by churches, banks, individual home-owners or commercial businesses.
Already the country has no agricultural land left in the legal sense -- since all agricultural land now falls under the jurisdiction of municipal boundaries countrywide. In 1994 when SA still exported agricultural products on a massive scale, it had 85,000 farmers using less than 7% of the total land surface. At the moment, less than 10,000 commercial farmers remain, raising crops on less than 0.75% of the total land surface. The country is now facing serious food shortages for the first time in its entire recorded agricultural history since the mid-1600's.
Afrikaans newspaper report about new Expropriations Act: