THE OFFICIAL ANC NEWSPAPER

More time for written submissions on land expropriation   

There are two additional weeks for time to submit your written submission on the proposed review of Section 25 of the Constitution. 
 
The deadline for written submissions has been extended until 15 June 2018 and this extension will make the period for written submissions a total of 60 days given to the public to make written input on the expropriation of land without compensation. 
 
The Joint Constitutional Review Committee met on Thursday to adopt its programme for public hearings on the proposed review of Section 25 of the Constitution and this is where it took a decision to add two more weeks. 
 
The committee was instructed by the National Assembly (NA) and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) to review Section 25 of the Constitution and other clauses where necessary, to make it possible for the state to expropriate land, in the public interest without compensation, and propose constitutional amendments where necessary. In doing so, the committee is expected to engage in a public participation process in order to get views of all stakeholders about the necessity of, and mechanisms for expropriating land without compensation.
 
Written submissions will be processed from 9 to 13 July 2018 and public hearings will be held in all provinces from 27 June to 06 August 2018. Oral representations will be held in Parliament from 7 to 17 August 2018. The committee will then deliberate on its draft report for adoption by the Committee on 11 September 2018. 
 
The committee also resolved to request both the National Assembly and the NCOP to extend its deadline for reporting back to Parliament from 31 August to 11 September 2018.

Government and other stakeholders have admitted that the  ‘willing buyer, willing seller’ approach to land restitution is unsustainable and has not helped much over the years. While this has worked for other land claims, it’s generally accepted by various stakeholders that it’s largely ineffective. 
 
The governing African National Congress (ANC) took a resolution at its 54th National Conference in December that it’s about time South Africa moved towards the expropriation of land without compensation so the matter of land ownership and dispossession by the apartheid government can be concluded. 
 
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) led a debate in the National Assembly on land expropriation without compensation, which the ANC amended before it was later adopted following a vote in the House.
 
In its motion, the EFF urged the National Assembly to - in terms of Rule 253 - establish an ad hoc committee to review and amend section 25 of the Constitution to make it possible for the state to expropriate land in the public interest without compensation.
 
The ANC amended parts of the motion and it eventually read as follows: “With the concurrence of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) instruct the Constitutional Review Committee to review section 25 of the Constitution and other clauses where necessary to make it possible for the state to expropriate land in the public interest without compensation.”
 
The motion was adopted with 241 votes in support and 83 against it.  
Enquiries and written submissions can be addressed to Ms Pat Jayiya, Committee Section, PO Box 15, Cape Town 8000, emailpjayiya@parliament.gov.za, tel (021) 403-3661, fax 086 465 0678, cell 081 441 0345. Hand delivered submissions can be submitted at W/S 091, 3rd Floor, 90 Plein Street, Cape Town.