Parliament’s joint constitutional review committee will in November begin deliberating and drafting its report on the possibility of amending the constitution to make it clear how land should be expropriated without compensation. The committee concluded its public hearings on Friday after receiving thousands of written submissions. Various stakeholders were also invited to make oral submissions on the sensitive matter which has polarised SA. The summary and analysis of the submissions received will be crucial in the drafting of the final report by the committee, as it pushes to conclude its report and recommendations before the end of November. The constitutional review committee was set up by parliament to help it decide whether there is a need to amend the constitution. The ANC decided in December that constitutional amendments are necessary to address racially skewed land ownership patterns dating back to colonial and apartheid rule. The push by the governing party and the opposi...

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