“Sakeliga supports property rights. We monitor what happens in parliament, deliver input, and take cases to court if necessary. But it would not be wise to put all one’s eggs in the basket of better political decisions. Therefore, we also work to protect our members’ interests – and the public interest – even under the worst possible political leadership.
– Piet le Roux, CEO Sakeliga–
Expropriation without compensation undermines constitutional legitimacy
“The Constitutional Review Committee’s recommendation that the Constitution be amended to allow expropriation without compensation undermines South Africa’s constitutional legitimacy. The reason is that confiscation in the sense contemplated by Parliament is an affront to the very idea of constitutionalism.” So says Piet le Roux, CEO of Sakeliga upon the announcement by the Committee of its recommendations.
Le Roux says that Sakeliga will continue to oppose the amendment of the constitution, since the proposed amendments remain fundamentally unacceptable.
For a summary of Sakeliga’s argument on the threat of expropriation without compensation to constitutionalism, international law and the economy, see here.
Sakeliga negotiates unique legal assistance for members against land occupations
In light of the sharp increase in illegal land occupations, Sakeliga negotiated a special discount for its Company and Platinum members. These members of Sakeliga receive about 40% off the legal costs of an urgent interdict, which is required for private security to act against land occupiers. The special discount is available from Hurter Spies Attorneys, of whom we have made use in the past. Where advocate and attorney costs in such urgent interdict can easily reach R50 000, it is available to Sakeliga’s Company and Platinum members at a fixed rate of only R30 000.
We would like to remind members of this advantage because it is essential to nip land grabs in the bud before spreading to surrounding areas. We know R30 000 is still a lot of money, and if the police did their job it would not have been necessary. Nevertheless, we are convinced that the business sector must increasingly create a favorable business environment. And therefore, with this benefit, as well as others that we will announce in time, we will assist members to protect both their own interests and the common interest.
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