South African city prepares land seizure test case; ‘expropriation without compensation’

South African city prepares land seizure test case; ‘expropriation without compensation’
Abandoned low-cost housing project in Ekurhuleni, South Africa. YouTube, EWN video

[Ed. – Whatever else this is, it’s not British.]

As South Africa’s passionate debate over land redistribution grows, one city outside Johannesburg is preparing what the mayor calls a “test case” for the nation — the seizure of hundreds of acres of land from private owners, without paying for it, to build low-cost housing.

Like other South African cities, Ekurhuleni faces a dire housing crunch, with some 600,000 of its nearly 4 million people living in “informal settlements” and a shortage of land to build homes.

Last month, Ekurhuleni’s city council voted in favor of forging ahead with “expropriation without compensation,” a legal tool that the ruling African National Congress says is necessary to correct the historic injustices of apartheid and distribute land more equitably.

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