Why parliament has withdrawn Expropriation Bill and what it means

The democratically guided issue of land reform has evoked a wide range of emotions from all who call the country home.

Parliament's Public Works Committee officially withdrew the Expropriation Bill on Wednesday pending the conclusion of a parliamentary process to review the merits of changing the Constitution to allow expropriation of land without compensation.

READ: UK Prime Minister Theresa May supports SA's land reform

The reasons for the committee to withdraw the bill is that in February parliament appointed an ad-hoc committee to look into the Section 25 of the Constitution which deals with land and property.

Humphrey Mmemezi, Public Works Committee Chairperson

He adds that the ad-hoc committee has been moving throughout South Africa to hear the views of South Africans.

But the mood in South Africa today is that indeed land should be expropriated without compensation. So we are now withdrawing it for that committee to present their report in parliament.

Humphrey Mmemezi, Public Works Committee Chairperson

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