'Court an option over expropriation'

18 May 2016 - 09:43 By Reuters

South Africa's largest grain producers' group would challenge government efforts to expropriate land for redistribution to blacks if the compensation offered fell below market prices, its chief executive said yesterday.The ANC has brought an expropriation bill to parliament to let the state make compulsory purchases of land to redress racial disparities in land ownership.The bill has yet to be passed into law."If there is expropriation without proper compensation then we would go to the Constitutional Court to get a ruling on that," Jannie de Villiers, Grain SA CE, said at an agricultural trade fair west of Johannesburg.Under the proposed law the state can acquire land without the owners' consent by paying an amount determined by the valuer-general.

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