Civil rights organisation AfriForum has hailed the failure of the Land Expropriation Bill to pass into law before the National Assembly as a “major victory” for land owners saying the country’s ordinary citizens have avoided “catastrophic devastation”.

The civil rights organisation AfriForum said on Tuesday that it had taken note of the National Assembly failing to pass the amendment to Section 25 of the Constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation today. The ANC failed to get the two-thirds majority required to pass the Land Expropriation Bill.

Ernst van Zyl, Campaign Officer for strategy and content at AfriForum said: “The failure of a deeply immoral bill that would have allowed state sanctioned theft and human rights violations is a major victory for South Africans.”

“Expropriation without compensation is an inhumane policy motivated by a combination of corrupt greed and resentment,” he said.

Expropriation Bill would have caused ‘devastation’

“We’ve seen the catastrophic devastation that expropriation of property without compensation policies have caused in countries such as Zimbabwe and Venezuela, and how much suffering such policies caused for the average citizens of those countries,” he added.

“Therefore, the defeat of an attempt to recreate those horrible and destructive policies here in South Africa should be celebrated,” van Zyl said.

He said that AfriForum was aware that the fight to defend property rights in South Africa was not yet over, and that these rights might be threatened again in the future.  The organisation said that it was commitmed to being a civil rights watchdog against such violating policies, and to oppose them in the strongest terms if they should be considered again.

IOL reported that the collapse in negotiations between the EFF and ANC on the custodianship of land had led to the ruling party not getting the required 267 MPs or 67% (two-thirds) majority to push it through. The EFF, to the surprise of many in the house, voted against the bill

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