They have been tasked to go look at Section 25 of the Constitution and make it possible for land to be expropriated without compensation.
The Constitutional Review Committee will go on a public participation process in order to review Section 25 of the Constitution.
Chairmen of the committee, Lewis Nzimande and Vincent Smith, said the process will enable the committee to do its work easier by “getting the views of all stakeholders”.
“The process will be kick-started next month when the committee will publish advertisements for oral and written submissions from the public,” the committee chairs said in a statement.
“The public will have a month to respond after which the committee will visit three to four districts or local municipality per province for public hearings,” they said.
“The committee plans to split into two groups for the public hearings in order to cover a larger part of the country. The public hearings are proposed to commence on 8 May 2018 in Limpopo and the Northern Cape and is expected to be concluded on 22 June 2018 in the Western Cape,” Nzimande and Smith said.
Thecommittee will investigate what mechanisms South Africans would like to see for the implementation of land reform.
It has been given until 30 August 2018 to report to back to Parliament on its work.
He is tipped to return as leader of the party for a second term when a national elective congress is held in April 2018
DA leader Mmusi Maimane said it was not true that the majority of black people want the state to own all land as proposed by the EFF and the ANC or that all white people are opposed to land restitution and redistribution.
He said the sentiment was largely based on comments on social media that create the impression that there is “unison” among races on land.
“There is a view that the EFF offer on nationalisation of all land is a massive issue, and all black people are in unison about that, it’s not true.
“It’s actually when we test it and look at people [that we find out it’s not true]. They want to know they can be able to own land in their own right as individuals.
“You can drive the narrative that says the land debate is about black people vs white people. That would be the worst place to start,” Maimane said.
He insists that expropriation of land without compensation is a “lazy” way out that does not guarantee the acceleration of land restitution and redistribution.
He maintains that section 25 of the Constitution, which is about property rights and expropriation of land in the public interest, is not an inhibitor.
What has slowed change in the patterns of land ownership instead, he says, is a “corrupt and incapable state” not willing to test the Constitution, instead choosing to pay exorbitant prices set by land owners.
Maimane was speaking to News24 on Friday ahead of the party’s elective congress next month where he is cleared for a second term as leader after no one stood to contest him for the position.
Policy is expected to dominate the growing party’s conference with the aim of attracting more black voters who want the DA to focus more on redress.
He slammed AfriForum for claiming that white farmers were being targeted in violent attacks and the Australian government for announcing that it would prioritise visa applications for white farmers as a result.
“You can’t set up a false war among races. By saying that white people are being targeted, you must then answer the follow up question and say: ‘Who is targeting them?’
“We have a problem of crime and murder in the country… in farming communities, townships and informal settlements. For a country to stand up and say we will offer visas on the characterisation of race… it is certainly not a view I support,” Maimane said.
Despite the DA’s ideological differences with the EFF over land, Maimane said he was still open to the possibility of forming a coalition government with the red berets after the 2019 elections.
The EFF put forward a motion of no confidence against Nelson Mandela Bay metro Mayor Athol Trollip to punish the DA for going against the motion to amend the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.
Maimane said instead of the parties trying to “bully” each other on policies, they should talk about plans for government programmes.
“We can’t cannibalise each other, we must find each other,” he said.
Nantoni died just less than two months after she celebrated her 79th birthday.
ANC deputy president DD Mabuza has used the funeral of Gogo Nantoni Mthembu to express the urgent need for land return in South Africa.
He said people like Gogo Nantoni suffered all of their lives under white farmers, working the land and earning very little.
“Our suffering and journey as black people is the same,” Mabuza told mourners at the eMalahleni township of Ackerville on Saturday morning.
“And these sufferings were on the shoulders of women and especially those who were farmworkers used to work long hours and earned very little money but as little as it was they managed to fight for their rights and took care of their children,” Mabuza said.
“We thank all women for their sacrifices, their hard labour and for supporting us to grow and be where we are today,” he said.
“And that is the reason in the ANC we are saying land should return to its owners. Our mothers worked the land and earned little money but now we have come to the point where we are saying land should be expropriated,” the deputy president told mourners.
Born on 1 January 1939, Nantoni Mthembu was the mother of ANC Parliamentary chief whip Jackson Mthembu.
She died on 25 February 2018 at the age of 79 and according to her obituary, she worked on the Dewet and Schoongezicth farms outside eMalahleni in order for her and her mom as well as others of her family to have a place to stay.
“Women like Mama Mthembu,” Mabuza said, “toiled but were able to stay strong and gave birth to people like Jackson Mthembu and we thank her for that”.
He said while he was Premier of Mpumalanga he was able to close what used to be called ” farm schools” and built boarding schools.
A commission he appointed to investigate the lives of people living on farms in its report in September 2016 found the violations of human rights in the province’s farms, unequal access to basic services like electricity, water and housing and issues of security, healthcare, justice and illegal evictions.
Almost all political parties in Parliament a week ago supported a motion brought by the EFF to amend the Constitution to favour land expropriation without compensation except the DA, Freedom Front Plus, Cope and the ACDP.
Parliament will wait until 30 August 2018 for the Constitutional Review Committee which will look at the feasibility of expropriating land without compensation.
He addressed crowds who came to a Nelson Mandela memorial lecture at the eMalahleni town hall over the weekend.
Mpumalanga ANCYL chairman Tim Mashele wants all the land returned to the majority of black South Africans and says as the league they are not going to ask permission from anybody to do this.
He said in supporting Mandla Ndlovu to take over as the new chair of Mpumalanga ANC they are not going to be “apologetic” about returning land and want Ndlovu to pay their bail when they are arrested during the time when land is being returned, possibly violently.