What the IRR has been doing to defend your property rights

The impending introduction of a regime of expropriation without compensation is the most significant policy development to confront South Africa since the adoption of the 1996 Constitution. It has significant implications for South Africa’s economy and hence the living standards of all its people. It has equally significant human rights implications given that property rights anchor civil rights in all free societies.

The IRR provides you with an opportunity to tell President Cyril Ramaphosa what you think about EWC. Endorse our letter and we will personally hand over your endorsement to the President at the Union Buildings. Read what we have to say and if you agree add your details at the bottom.

EWC is an issue that now sits front and centre of South Africa’s national debate and has also attracted widespread attention abroad where opinion has been split between the reassurances of the South African government on the one hand and warnings of dire economic and political consequences by various activists on the other.  

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has been approached by numerous foreign actors for advice on what is likely to occur and what the political and economic consequences will be.

IRR analysts will over the next three weeks tour Europe and the United States to address these questions and brief various government, investor, and political groups with interests in South Africa. Some of these briefings will be public while others will occur behind closed doors. Public reports will also be released in the United States, Europe, and the United Kingdom on the likely consequences of EWC. Follow our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter to watch our progress abroad in the next few weeks.

The IRR is known for the quality of its analysis, and its work in modelling future developments. We intend to offer a frank assessment that avoids either the hyperbole that has taken hold in some quarters or the complacency that prevails in others, and that sets these developments within their short- and long-term context.

The IRR has campaigned for property rights for all South Africans, both in the country and abroad, since its inception in 1929. That objective has not changed. As on all policy matters we deal with we will offer evidence-based commentary on the implications of the South African government diluting property rights protections – and to advocate for solutions founded on liberty and personal freedom. We have already delivered nearly 60 000 submissions to Parliament on your behalf, of people expressing opposition to EWC.

We have already released a detailed document on the threat that EWC poses as well as providing statistics around land reform and property rights.

If you support the IRR’s efforts here and abroad, express your support by endorsing our letter to the President. We lay out why EWC will not work while proposing policy- and evidence-based solutions to secure sustainable land reform, which will benefit all South Africans. 

We will continue to lobby and warn about the dangers of EWCboth in the media in South Africa and abroad, and in face-to-face meetings with politicians, investors, opinion leaders, and other interested parties. Follow the links to read our arguments against expropriation in the media, as well as our research around land reform.

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