South Africa's parliament has withdrawn an expropriation bill it passed in 2016 that allowed the state to make compulsory purchases of land, to redress racial disparities in ownership. The bill, which had not been signed into law, has been overtaken by a proposal by the ruling African National Congress; to change the constitution to allow the expropriation of land WITHOUT compensation. The 2016 bill was meant to enable the state to pay for land at a value determined by a government adjudicator and then expropriate it for the "public interest". South Africans have been taking part in ongoing public hearings on land reform, held across the country.

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