For three and a half years the DA has fought tooth and nail for its values, maintaining that just and equitable land reform is possible without tampering with the Constitution and putting the economy, the rule of law and food security at enormous risk.
Recently in Parliament the DA caucus in the National Assembly spoke in one voice and successfully defeated the disastrous 18th Constitution Amendment Bill, which would have resulted in the amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation.
This is a victory for South Africa and your property rights!
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In addition to successfully putting together coalitions, and winning outright in uMngeni, Midvaal and Kouga (among others), the DA made a clean sweep of the mayoral positions in the Gauteng metros of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane.
This was an unexpected result. We did not ask to lead these governments and we did not solicit the support of the EFF. There was no deal or quid pro quo. It is clear that the EFF did not vote with the DA, so much as against the ANC. They extracted no concessions from us, and they will get no concessions from us, so these governments may not last long.
We got here by sticking to our principles and we will proceed according to our principles, whether we govern for five days or five years.
While we are in government, we are going to get stuck in cancelling corrupt contracts and running strongly pro-poor governments. Mindful that we will be governing under tough conditions, with hostile administrations and massive infrastructure backlogs.
Where we govern in outright or in stable coalitions, we fully intend to work tirelessly to turn these places into shining examples of good governance.
Please help us to build and expand the DA, so that we can take full advantage of the collapse of the ANC and build the South African future we all want.
The facts speak for themselves: the DA governs fewer than 10% of South Africa’s municipalities, but the top five best-performing municipalities are all DA-run.
Please donate towards our campaign to get things done where you live and secure your future.
For the first time ever, the DA has a candidate in every single ward in the country… but winning the hearts and minds of South Africans, who haven’t experienced how much better life is in a DA-run municipality, requires a large outlay on advertising – from TV and radio broadcasts to newspaper adverts, posters, pamphlets and everything in between.
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Expropriation without compensation is the greatest threat to our nation since 1994, and the ANC and EFF have turned up the heat.
In a meeting on 31 May, long after forums for public comment had closed, the ANC proposed including the concept of State custodianship of land into the mix for the first time.
This effectively means that South Africa’s government, which often operates as a criminal syndicate for the ANC, would seek to nationalise land, and could repossess property at any time, increasingly by-passing the courts.
This move is not only undemocratic, it will destroy our economy and plunge millions more into abject poverty.
The DA believes that the only way to truly empower all South Africans is to ensure that as many people as possible own their own properties. The ANC/EFF on the other hand, is working to dispossess people of their properties and put it under the control of the State.
This is a short-cut to Zimbabwe and Venezuela, and the road to hunger and poverty for millions more South Africans.
Please help us fight expropriation without compensation by making a donation towards necessary court action.
Over 110 000 people joined us in formally objecting to the Gun Bill.
Now, we are preparing to take any necessary court action to stop this irrational bill in its tracks.
Please help us fund any necessary court action.
The last few weeks have been nothing short of anarchic, and the right to own a gun for self-defence has been the last line of defence for hundreds of thousands of South Africans who feared for their lives and watched their businesses being looted and even burnt to the ground.
Please help us take any necessary court action to stop the Gun Bill.
Now that the window for South Africans to object to the new expropriation-without-compensation law has closed, we must prepare to take court action in case the national government forges ahead with implementing this dangerous new law without listening to all our objections.
We cannot hand a corrupt government this kind of unchecked power.
This dangerous new law would give government the power to seize all kinds of property, whether it’s a business, home or investment – not just land.
The new expropriation-without-compensation law is extremely dangerous because:
It offers government near unlimited powers to simply expropriate personal property – even going so far as to suggest that copyrighted and patented property could be at risk.
It has a list of five circumstances where zero compensation could be paid but it allows government to extend this list endlessly.
It is weighted in favour of the ANC government, whose reputation for greed precedes them. It is of concern that the government can refuse to allow its land to be expropriated buta private individual cannot.
The role of the courts is extremely limited and access to the courts could only be granted after expropriation has already taken place. This provides no protection for private individuals against the state.
The definition of public interest is too broad and might also open up the floodgates of land expropriation on spurious grounds.
It will clearly and severely impact property rights and cannot be trusted in its present form to a corrupt government.