Help us stop the Valuer-General!

The policy of Expropriation Without Compensation (EWC) is not the only threat to your property rights! This state agency could value your property at half of what it's currently worth - the state could take it in exchange for compensation far lower than what you were actually due.

The office of the Valuer-General recently briefed the Parliamentary Committee responsible for drafting an amendment to the Constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation.  

When determining the value of a property targeted for land reform, the formula used by the Valuer-General is 'current use value + market value, divided by two'. Except in a very few cases, the value of a property as determined by the Valuer-General will be about half of its market value. Effectively, the state could take your property and pay you for it - but only half of what it's worth. This can be challenged in court, but very few people will have the resources to do so. Instead, they will have little choice but to accept the low amount offered to them by the government.

This is all part of government's push towards EWC. 

This has included the Expropriation Bill. The window for comment on the bill closed on 19 February 2019, and the IRR made a submission which raised serious concerns about the draft law. The new Expropriation Bill is intended to replace a similar bill first released in 2015. After concerns were raised, it was redrafted and the present bill is effectively the reworked version. The bill makes it clear that EWC will be allowed in a very wide range of situations (not in the very limited circumstances that the media has led many to believe), and that compensation payable could be nil. The bill also makes it easier for property to be expropriated. Furthermore, the definition of expropriation in the bill is also problematic and could lead to further effective expropriations, but which would not be recognised as such in law, meaning that those affected would have very little recourse.

In addition, the IRR believes that the bill may be unconstitutional. This is because ‘expropriation’ has a wide meaning in customary international law, which defines the term as including both direct and indirect expropriations. South Africa’s courts are obliged to take this wide internationally accepted meaning into account in interpreting the word ‘expropriation’ in the Constitution.

As you can see, the fight against EWC is not over, and we need your help to continue this battle. Give us your mandate to help us protect your property rights.

Remember, you are not alone; you will be joining the nearly 160 000 South Africans who have given us a mandate to fight EWC on their behalf. This month, an IRR team will be going to the Union Buildings to hand to the Office of the President each individual mandate from every South African who has supported us in opposing EWC. Join them, by endorsing our letter to the President.

We have lobbied the government, media, and investment community hard to show that: 

- The majority of South Africans oppose EWC;

- EWC is chasing away investment; 

- EWC will promote racial division and social conflict; 

- EWC will set up the destruction of the rule of law; and  

- EWC will deepen levels of poverty, unemployment, and inequality. 

If you agree, fill in the form below. Join tens of thousands of other South Africans who have given us a mandate to speak for them. This will make our voice stronger and help us exert even greater pressure on the government to stop EWC.

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