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Ad Hoc Committee on Section 25 Adopts Draft Programme

October 28, 2019

Parliament

28 October 2019

A draft bill to amend Section 25 of the Constitution is likely to be drawn up by 27 November 2019.

In a statement, the Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution added that its draft framework programme had been adopted.

The programme sets out how the committee will conduct its work.

The multiparty Ad Hoc Committee tasked with initiating and introducing legislation amending Section 25 of the Constitution was set up in July 2019.

The plan is for the committee to report to the national assembly by 31 March 2020.

The draft bill will probably be published in the Government Gazette on 10 December 2019 followed by a period of public comment.

According to the statement, the call for public comments is expected to come to an end on 27 January 2020.

Public hearings are likely to take place in February 2020.

A two-day workshop involving experts on the question of land and constitutional matters will probably take place on 6 and 7 November 2019.

The committee chairperson, Dr Mathole Motshekga, indicated that the aim of the workshop is to have a “constitutional dialogue on land ownership”.

In September 2019, the committee announced that it intends holding a workshop with various experts on the question of land expropriation without compensation.

In a statement issued at the time, the committee declared that it “would identify the best brains in South Africa on the process that the committee is going to follow, and the implications of the process in order to amend the Constitution to make it possible for the expropriation of land without compensation”.

The draft framework programme is not available at this stage.