The Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution is to approach parliament’s political management to request additional sessions to meet from next week as opposed to one session per week.
The committee continued with deliberations on the Draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill today.
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 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.
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”.
In a statement, the committee indicated that the Committee Chairperson, Dr Mathole Motshekga, has called for a list of the issues discussed in bi-laterals between political parties to be drawn up so that the committee can ascertain next week where there is convergence on the proposed amendments.
“We have to move to the point of the revised text of the Bill”, he said.