Cosatu welcomes passing of Expropriation Bill

Labour Federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has commended Parliament for passing the Expropriation Bill.

The National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) approved the the Bill. On Thursday, the Assembly passed the Bill with the amendments made by the NCOP.

One of its objectives is to give the Public Works Minister the power to expropriate land on behalf of an organ of state.

Cosatu Parliamentary Coordinator, Matthew Parks, described the Bill as an important legislative tool that will build a capacitated developmental state.

He says Cosatu supports what it calls progressive provisions in the Bill that will enable government to expropriate land and other property to address the legacies of apartheid and colonialism.

Four political parties, namely the Democratic Alliance, United Democratic Movement, African Christian Democratic Party and the Freedom Front Plus do not support the Bill in totality, questioning its constitutionality.

The four parties supported the amendments made by the NCOP that public and affected parties to be given 30 days to respond and engage on any expropriation process.

The Assembly passed the Bill with 208 MPs voting in its favour of seven MPs against it.

There were no abstentions.

The Bill will now be handed over to President Jacob Zuma so that he can sign it into law.

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– By Mercedes Besent


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