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Parliament to Hold Workshop on Land Expropriation

September 12, 2019

Parliament

12 September 2019

Parliament is to hold a workshop with various experts on the question of land expropriation without compensation.

In a statement, the Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution announced that the “committee would identify the best brains in South Africa on the process that the committee is going to follow, and the implications of the process in order to amend the Constitution to make it possible for the expropriation of land without compensation”.

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.

An Ad Hoc Committee to amend Section 25 of the Constitution was set up towards the end of the 5th parliament but could not complete its work before parliament was dissolved.

It produced a report which called for the 6th parliament to finalise the matter.

The Constitutional Review Committee had in 2018 called for parliament to amend section 25 of the Constitution to “make explicit that which is implicit in the Constitution, regarding expropriation of land without compensation, as a legitimate option for land reform, to address the historic wrongs caused by 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”.

The committee chairperson, Dr Mathole Motshekga, has called on committee members to propose names of experts.

“The committee said it will take into consideration all official reports on this matter, including receiving a briefing on the summary of the reports of the Joint Constitutional Review Committee, Ad Hoc Committee on the Amendment of Section 25 in the previous Parliament, the High Level Panel and the Presidential Advisory Panel.”

A draft committee programme indicates that the workshop is likely to take place after the meeting on the previous reports is held.

The draft programme also schedules a briefing by Parliamentary Legal Services on the legislative process of a Committee Bill, deliberations on the policy framework and a public participation process on the bill.