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South Africa: Property Rights

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 36569, tabled on 20 July 2021

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.

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.