This South African City Moves Forward On A Controversial Land Seizure Policy

Chris White | Energy Reporter

South African city Ekurhuleni is preparing to seize without compensation land from private landowners as the country’s officials consider the legality of seizing land from white land owners.

Ekurhuleni’s city council voted in September to move forward on a plan distributing land more equitably among the city’s white and black population, The Associated Press reported Friday. White South Africans comprise 8 percent of the population but hold the bulk of privately-owned land.

South Africa temporarily withdrew in August an expropriations bill enabling the country to make compulsory land purchases from white farmers to redress racial disparities rampant during the apartheid. It was withdrawn to pave way for a potential…

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