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Ad Hoc Committee on Section 25 Briefed on Public Participation Report

February 17, 2021

Parliament

The Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution was briefed at the end of last week on the Public Participation Report.

According to a statement, the Report focuses on the “inputs made during public participation regarding the constitutional amendment that will see the expropriation of land without compensation reflected in the Constitution”.

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.

In 2020, the national assembly re-established the ad hoc committee.

Nation-wide public hearings were finalised at the end of last year.

Specific proposals flowing from the public consultation process include that speeding up of the pace of land redistribution is vitally important, a need for a much wider programme for redistribution of land targeting those most in need and a call to speed up development of all legislation required in terms of Section 25.

The committee plans to deliberate on the Draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill until 12 March 2021 and adopt the draft bill by 19 March 2021.

The Public Participation Report is not yet available.