BREAKING: Constitutional Review Committe resolves to amend section 25 of the constitution

The EFF sponsored the motion to amend the constitution while the DA sponsored a different motion opposed to the amendment of section 25.

The Joint Constitutional Review Committee on Thursday adopted a resolution that Section 25 of the Constitution be amended to allow for expropriation without compensation.

Following a lengthy process of public consultation and deliberation, the EFF’s Floyd Shivambu sponsored a motion on Thursday recommending that the Constitution be amended, mirroring the recommendation the ANC proposed to the committee previously.

The DA’s Annelie Lotriet offered a different motion, recommending that the Constitution not be amended, as the Constitution already makes provision for land reform.

The committee dismissed her motion with 12 votes against four, and adopted the EFF’s proposal by the same margin.

As part of the EFF’s recommendation, it also states that Parliament must appoint a mechanism to now draft the amendment, and that this must be done before the Fifth Parliament rises before the 2019 general elections.

The process will now go through a number of phases.

This report will be tabled in the National Assembly this term, and if it is adopted by the House, another committee will be tasked with drafting the amendments.

This process would entail another public participation process and would have to be passed with a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly.


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Constitutional Review Committee wants public to have voice on land return


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.

(edited by ZK)

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