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Ad Hoc Committee on Section 25 Releases Hearings Programme

February 12, 2020

Parliament

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

According to a statement, the hearings will take place across South Africa.

The draft programme was adopted last week.

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.

The hearings will kick off in Limpopo on 20 February 2020 and conclude in the Western Cape on 22 March 2020.

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”.