The contentious Extension of Security of Tenure Amendment Bill is one step closer to becoming law after the National Assembly voted on Tuesday to adopt the proposed legislation. The bill is intended to prevent evictions and to create stability in farming communities. However, those who oppose the proposed amendments argue that they will create more tension and uncertainty on farms, amid raging debate on land reform in the country. Opening the second reading debate on the bill on Tuesday, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said the amendments sought to protect the interests of farm workers and their dependants. "We have a problem where evictions take place willy-nilly … People who evict farm workers and dwellers do not always consult fully with those affected," said Nkwinti. "They [farm owners] do not consult with municipalities. The result is that you have people on the streets. This bill is meant to correct that." In 2011, Parliament heard that more than 1-mi...

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