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Ad Hoc Committee to Continue Deliberations on Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill

June 21, 2021

Parliament

Political parties in the Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution have agreed to submit revised versions of their submissions and to continue discussions in the next meeting.

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 national assembly recently granted the committee an extension to the end of August 2021 to complete its work.

In a statement, the committee indicated that, so far, clear agreement on the draft bill among parties represented in the committee has not yet been attained.

Stumbling blocks include provisions on nil compensation, state custodianship of the land, and also on the actual need to amend the Constitution itself.