The Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution has been granted an extension to the end of August 2021 to complete its work.
In a statement, the committee expressed appreciation to the national assembly for the extension.
According to the committee chairperson, Dr Mathole Motshekga, the committee has until 30 August 2021 to finalise the Draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill.
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.
The committee has been busy with deliberations on the draft bill.
The draft bill was published for comment at the end of 2019.
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.
At a meeting today, the committee decided that political parties will continue bilateral discussions outside of the formal committee meeting “in order to move closer to one another regarding the Bill or to convince each other of their position”.