South Africa’s parliament on Thursday approved a bill allowing state expropriations of land to redress racial disparities in land ownership, reports Reuters.
A vast majority of South Africa’s land remains under white ownership.
The bill will enable the state to purchase land from private owners for ‘public interest’ in in an attempt to tackle the land appropriation that occurred during the apartheid regime.
The ruling African National Congress (ANC) said land will only be expropriated after ‘just and equitable’ compensation had been paid out.
To date a third of the land targeted by the ANC for expropriation has been bought.