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Ad Hoc Committee on Section 25 to Seek Extension

March 9, 2021

Parliament

The Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution is to approach parliament for an extension to its deadline.

In a statement, the committee indicated that, at the end of last week, it resolved to “allow for oral presentations from those who have indicated in their written submissions a wish to do so”.

According to the committee chairperson, Dr Mathole Motshekga, an extension is therefore necessary in order to allow for oral presentations.

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.

A new deadline of 31 May 2021 will be sought in order for the committee to complete its work.

The committee also wants to continue working during the upcoming parliamentary recess period.

The committee originally planned to adopt the Draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill by 19 March 2021 but its programme will now be adjusted “in order to make provision for the oral presentations, as well as make a list of those organisations or individuals who expressed the
desire to elaborate further on their written submissions”.