AD HOC COMMITTEE ON SECTION 25 MOVING TOWARDS FINALISING TEXT ON EXPROPRIATION OF LAND WITHOUT COMPENSATION
Parliament, Friday, 2 July 2021 – The Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution today resolved to finalise the text for the amendments that would see the expropriation of land without compensation.
Committee Chairperson, Dr Mathole Motshekga, said the committee requested Parliament Legal Services to use the formal positions that various political parties made available on the matter, to formalise the draft amendments. The committee was mandated to oversee the 18th Constitutional Amendment Bill, which will see the expropriation of land without compensation embedded in the Constitution.
“The committee is moving towards finalising the text that would see the expropriation of land without compensation. It has been a long process but we can see the progress made thus far to ensure that the will of the people of South Africa, as expressed during the public participation process, is taken seriously.”
During today’s meeting the African National Congress (ANC), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Al Jama-ah all indicated they have formal positions available on the amendments to Section 25. The ANC said it was in favour of state custodianship of certain land in order for citizens to gain access to land on an equitable basis.
It further proposed to insert a subsection so as to provide that where land and any improvements thereon are expropriated for purposes of land reform as contemplated, that the amount of compensation may be nil. Al Jama-ah indicated that expropriation should exclude land belonging to the religious sector.