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South Africa: Property Rights

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 36568, tabled on 20 July 2021

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.

Answered on

23 July 2021

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.