Agri SA opposed to zero compensation and indirect expropriation

A socio-economic study was conducted on the Expropriation Bill, the results of which were never released. After Sakeliga submitted a request for information in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act, it came to light that it was alleged in the study that Nedlac had supported the bill in its entirety and that Agri SA had also “cautiously supported” the legislation.

These allegations are untrue.

“Agri SA’s opposition to certain aspects of the bill, especially the definition of ‘expropriation’, which opens the door to all sorts of limitations on property rights without compensation being payable (indirect expropriation) and sub-sections 12(3) and (4), which provide for zero compensation, was communicated clearly and repeatedly,” says Annelize Crosby, head of land and legal affairs of Agri SA.

Countless media statements were issued and Agri SA’s views in this regard were expressed at every event where the organisation was in attendance, including its presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure. The business grouping within Nedlac also made no secret of its opposition to these measures.

“The socio-economic study therefore creates the false impression that Agri SA and the business community support the bill as it stands. Agri SA has in fact incurred considerable expenses to seek legal opinions on the bill and had commissioned an independent study on the possible economic implications of expropriation without compensation, that was released during March 2021,” says Crosby.


Annelize Crosby Head: Land and Legal Affairs (C) 082 388 0017

Willem de Chavonnes Vrugt Chair of Agri SA ‘s Centre of Excellence: Land Affairs (C) 082 946 2303