Gauteng prepares to expropriate privately owned land without compensation

The Gauteng government wants to "immediately" expropriate without compensation privately owned land lying idle. Premier David Makhura said the province was completing an audit of all unused privately owned land to test the Constitution instead of waiting on the parliamentary process currently reviewing the property rights clause of the Constitution. "There are tracts of land, others just being used for speculation, other land parcels have been abandoned by landlords living overseas waiting for …