14 November 2019
The Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution will not, at this stage, focus on property as it is not included in the committee’s mandate.
The committee confirmed this in a statement following a meeting where themes from the earlier dialogue on land ownership were deliberated upon.
The committee’s chairperson, Dr Mathole Motshekga, resolved to keep within the mandate given to it by the national assembly and focus on the expropriation of land without compensation.
The committee also indicated that the custodianship of land is also not included in its mandate.
The multiparty Ad Hoc Committee tasked with initiating and introducing legislation amending Section 25 of the Constitution was set up in July 2019.
The plan is for the committee to report to the national assembly by 31 March 2020.
A draft bill will probably be published in the Government Gazette in December 2019 followed by a period of public comment.
“The mandate of the committee is to initiate and introduce legislation amending section 25 of the Constitution and to have regard for the work done and recommendations contained in the reports of the Constitutional Review Committee and the previous Ad Hoc Committee on Amendment of
Section 25 of the Constitution in the previous Parliament.”
The chairperson emphasized the need to hear all voices on the debate.
Political parties will be given until 15 November to make any further submissions on the themes of the constitutional dialogue on land ownership.