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Ad Hoc Committee on Section 25 Adopts Public Hearings Programme

February 5, 2020

Parliament

The Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution has adopted its provincial public hearings programme.

In a statement, the committee indicated that the first round of public hearings will take place from 20-24 February in Limpopo and Northern Cape.

The multiparty Ad Hoc Committee tasked with initiating and introducing legislation amending Section 25 of the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation was set up in July 2019.

The committee will divide into two groups so that the public hearings can run concurrently.

A meeting with the Southern African Interfaith Council is scheduled for 17 February 2020 to “empower them to prepare their member organisations to participate in the process”.

The deadline for comment on the Draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill was recently extended until 29 February 2020.

The aim of the draft bill is to amend the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, so as to provide that where land and any improvements thereon are expropriated for the purposes of land reform, the amount of compensation payable may be nil; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

The draft bill’s memorandum also adds that “such limitation is a legitimate option for land reform, so as to address the historic wrongs caused by the arbitrary dispossession of land, and in so doing ensure equitable access to land and further empower the majority of South Africans to be productive participants in ownership, food security and agricultural reform programs”.

The public hearings programme is not yet available.