Cape Town - Government is to drop the “willing buyer, willing seller” principle with regard to land reform and restitution, President Jacob Zuma confirmed on Thursday.
“We must shorten the time it takes to finalise a claim. In this regard, government will now pursue the 'just and equitable' principle for compensation, as set out in the Constitution,” he announced in his state-of-the-nation address on Thursday
Telling MPs that the land question in South Africa was a “highly emotive matter”, Zuma said the willing-buyer, willing seller principle previously applied had forced the state to pay more for land.
“The land question is a highly emotive matter. We need to resolve it amicably within the framework of the Constitution and the law.”