Cape Town - Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is pushing for the Expropriation Bill in Parliament to allow the department to expropriate land to be used to build houses.
Sisulu said on Tuesday, before her budget vote, that while the Expropriation Bill was driven by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, her department wanted to ensure the bill accommodated the housing issue.
She said once the bill was released for public comment, they would ask that one of the clauses should specify that most of the publicly-owned land to be expropriated should be used to build houses.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that a report on land reform by a panel, chaired by his deputy David Mabuza, will soon be released.
The Mabuza panel had been working on the report for more than a year and handed the report to Ramaphosa a few months ago. Sisulu said her department must be the first in line to benefit from expropriated land.