From the Independent On Line
The South African Communist Party on Sunday welcomed the land affairs minister’s decision to do away with the “willing buyer/willing seller” policy in land reform.
“In particular we welcome her commitment to set deadlines to negotiations over price of land under claim, and her commitment to expropriation thereafter. The SACP is looking forward to seeing further progress in this regard,” said the SACP in a statement issued by spokesman Malesela Maleka after its Central Committee meeting in Johannesburg at the weekend.
On Friday, Agriculture and Land Affairs Minister Lulu Xingwana announced in Polokwane, Limpopo, that her department had done away with the “willing buyer/willing seller” policy.
SABC reported that Xingwana said her department would now negotiate for six months only with land owners whose property prices were inflated.
If the negotiations fail, the land will be expropriated in order to reach the settlement target date of December 2008.
“We are therefore now going to negotiate just for six months, nothing less, nothing more and then expropriation will kick in,” said Xingwana.