Land Expropriation: Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right

In noting historically that blacks were the real victims of expropriation of land without compensation, the subtle message Dougie Oakes (Daily News, March 6) seems intent on delivering is that the same treatment is justified for current white landowners.

With expropriation of land without compensation now very much in the political crosshairs, historical references such as those Oakes cited, whilst valid and informative, seem motivated to heighten emotions and thereby build momentum to justify the scrapping of the relevant clauses of section 25 of the constitution.

The acquisition of land during colonial times, whether here or in Australia or America was frequently through invasion and subjugation. From a 21st century perspective, it was harsh and unjust. But in seeking to rectify those wrongs, it is equally unjust to deny compensation to current landowners facing expropriation because of the wrongs of their forebears.

Two wrongs don’t make a right.

Sent into The Daily News and published, 7 March 2018.

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