South Africa: Property Rights

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 23rd July 2021.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect of the South African Government constitutional amendment to allow expropriation of private property without compensation on human rights in that country.

Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has had discussions with their South African counterparts on ensuring that UK citizens and UK domiciled companies will not have their private properties expropriated as a result of the change in the constitution that will allow for expropriation without compensation.

Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect of the constitutional change to allow expropriation of private property without compensation on bilateral South Africa-UK trade agreements.

Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if his Department will work with policy research entities and NGO’s in South Africa on the issue of expropriation of private property without compensation.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Our High Commission is closely monitoring ongoing parliamentary processes and proposals relating to land reform in South Africa, including the progress of the Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of South Africa's Constitution. We welcome President Ramaphosa's public commitment that land reform will be carried out without negatively affecting economic growth, agricultural production and food security. We will continue to engage with the South Africa authorities and experts as the process of land reform unfolds.

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