Members of the constitutional review committee will have to take off their political party hats when dealing with whether section 25 of the Constitution needed to be amended to allow for expropriation of land without compensation, co-chairman Vincent Smith said. Public hearings, which will be held in all nine provinces, are set to get under way this week starting in Limpopo and the Northern Cape. The review committee is made up of MPs from different political parties and includes EFF leader Julius Malema and his deputy, Floyd Shivambu; DA chief whip John Steenhuisen and Glynnis Breytenbach; and the ANC’s Mathole Motshekga. The EFF demands that the Constitution be changed, while the DA says it supports land restitution and redistribution but opposes expropriation without compensation. The ANC at its Nasrec conference in December resolved to amend the Constitution to include expropriation without compensation. Property rights The party has started discussing the Constitution’s proper...

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