ANC MPs Vincent Smith and Mathole Motshekga say it is a not a foregone conclusion that Section 25 of the Constitution — also known as the property clause — will be amended, and that the constitutional review committee, which they head, will first engage in an extensive consultation process. Smith and Motshekga were speaking at the conclusion of a two-day Land Summit in Johannesburg, jointly hosted by Parliament, Nelson Mandela University, the University of Pretoria’s GIBS Business School, and civil society organisations. The summit was attended by a wide number of agricultural and farmers’ organisations, academics, commentators, and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs). Smith said the review committee would call for written submissions next week, and would then embark on a process of public hearings, spending three days in each province. At the end of August, it would return to Parliament with a decision on whether it was necessary to amend Section 25 to allow for the expropriation ...

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