The Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution resolved at the end of last week to accept the Public Participation Report as a “living resource document that can be used during deliberations on the Bill”.
In a statement, the committee confirmed that the Report is a “culmination of the public participation processes the committee embarked on as part of processing the 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.
Nation-wide public hearings were finalised at the end of last year.
The committee highlighted that, according to the Report, members of the public were given sufficient time to make submissions on the draft bill to the committee.
Advertisements inviting comment on the draft bill were issued in December 2019 and January 2020 with the deadline extended to the end of February 2020.
The committee also agreed that no oral submissions would be heard from stakeholders who had already made written submissions.
The committee plans to adopt the Draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill by 19 March 2021.