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Public Participation Report on Land Expropriation Under the Spotlight

February 23, 2021

Parliament

The Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution has started engaging with the Public Participation Report on the expropriation of land without compensation.

According to an earlier committee statement, the Report focuses on the “inputs made during public participation regarding the constitutional amendment that will see the expropriation of land without compensation reflected in the Constitution”.

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.

In the latest statement, the committee pointed out that committee members were given an opportunity at the end of last week to comment on the report.

The committee chairperson, Dr Mathole Motshekga, refuted claims from some members that the process to draft the constitutional amendment was being rushed.

“We want to strive for consensus or at least sufficient consensus. All parties that put South Africans first, will give their full attention to the land question”, he said.

The committee plans to deliberate on the Draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill until 12 March 2021 and adopt the draft bill by 19 March 2021.