Unused state land could be expropriated: Sisulu

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AN's Buti Manamela, Lindiwe Sisulu and Zizi Kodwa addressing the media at the National Policy Conference on 5 July 2017.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC was discussing the expropriation of unused state land.

ANC NEC member, Lindiwe Sisulu, made the comment during a feedback session on the National Policy Conference's social transformation commission on Wednesday.

Sisulu said the expropriation would allow for better spatial planning and allow cities to be more representative of the country's demographics.

She said government had yet to complete its audit of all public land and land belonging to the state. 

"Where we find that it (unused land) is not in our hands we are considering expropriating that land.

 

"We want to make sure that cities truly represent what South Africa should be, integrated and with all the facilities and amenities open to all, and where people who are employed in the city have easy access to their workplace and have easy access to other amenities offered by the city."

Sisulu said the need for social cohesion was discussed by the commission, especially the need to deal with racism. 

Among the proposals were prioritising hate crimes and legislating against racism.