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Ad Hoc Committee on Section 25 to be Set Up

July 26, 2019


26 July 2019

A multiparty ad hoc committee tasked with initiating and introducing legislation amending Section 25 of the Constitution is to be set up.

In a statement, parliament announced that the national assembly had agreed to establish the committee at a plenary meeting yesterday.

The plan is for the committee to report to the national assembly by 31 March 2020.

It will consist of 11 voting members and 14 non-voting members.

Voting members will be drawn from the African National Congress (6), the Democratic Alliance (2), the Economic Freedom Fighters (1) and other parties (2).

The 14 non-voting members of the National Assembly will consist of the African National Congress (2), Democratic Alliance (1), Economic Freedom Fighters (1) and other parties (10).

An ad hoc committee to amend Section 25 of the Constitution was set up towards the end of the 5th parliament but could not complete its work before parliament was dissolved.

It produced a report which called for the 6th parliament to finalise the matter.

The Constitutional Review Committee had in 2018 called for parliament to amend section 25 of the Constitution to “make explicit that which is implicit in the Constitution, regarding expropriation of land without compensation, as a legitimate option for land reform, to address the historic wrongs caused by 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”.