South Africa’s president greets voters at a polling station in Johannesburg

South Africa lurches toward uncompensated land seizures

  • South Africa’s move toward uncompensated land seizures stems from political desperation
  • The left opposition outfoxed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ruling ANC on land reform
  • At worst, radical redistribution could cause a Zimbabwe-like economic collapse
  • Most likely, the government will try to finesse the issue and protect property rights

In December 2018, South Africa’s National Assembly approved a motion to amend Section 25 of the constitution, making more explicit the possibility of expropriating land without compensation (EWC). Since President Cyril Ramaphosa took office in February 2018, land has assumed a prominent role in the political agenda. While Mr. Ramaphosa has repeatedly tried to reassure investors on the topic, the truth is that the push toward expropriation has entered an uncertain, perhaps irreversible, path.

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  • South Africa’s move toward uncompensated land seizures stems from political desperation
  • The left opposition outfoxed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ruling ANC on land reform
  • At worst, radical redistribution could cause a Zimbabwe-like economic collapse
  • Most likely, the government will try to finesse the issue and protect property rights
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