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Hearings on Draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill Underway

February 28, 2020


Public hearings on the Draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill kick off on 28 February 2020.

According to an Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution statement, the committee will travel in two groups.

One group will travel to the Free State while the other will visit Mpumalanga in order to obtain public views on the matter.

The Mpumalanga hearing will take place in Mbombela at the Nelspruit Civic Centre while the Free State meeting is scheduled for Welkom in the Ernest Oppenheimer Theatre.

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.

The deadline for comment on the bill was extended until 29 February 2020.

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”.