Court showdown expected over land expropriation without compensation

Parliament's Joint Constitutional Review Committee is on Thursday set to adopt a report that recommends that the wording of Section 25 of the Constitution be changed to allow expropriation of land without compensation.

But the South African Institute for Race Relations wants to prevent the amendment because it says the committee’s work has been characterised by several procedural flaws.

Our concern focuses on the submission of 720 000 written submissions to the committee by the public...and the fact that it appears that 99% of these submissions are disregarded in the committee's final report.

Michael Morris, spokesperson, South African Institute for Race Relations

There has been a rancid atmosphere of pre-determination about this process. The constitutional review committee has not been engaged meaningfully and comprehensively with the contributions of the public.

Michael Morris, spokesperson, South African Institute for Race Relations

Back in August President Cyril Ramaphosa explained the ANC's intention in amending Section 25 as being "to promote redress, advance economic development, increase agricultural production and food security. It will also transform the unjust spatial realities in urban areas".

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