Parliament’s joint constitutional review committee looks set to recommend amending the constitution to make it clear that expropriation without compensation is one of the means that can be used to address the injustices of the past. The committee, mandated by parliament to consider whether a constitutional amendment is needed to ease expropriation of land without compensation, met on Tuesday to discuss possible recommendations of the final report on the contentious issue, which has polarised SA. The committee is scheduled to finalise its report by Thursday. The push by the ANC and the opposition EFF to amend section 25 of the constitution has spooked investors amid mounting negative sentiment towards emerging markets.

Some commentators have warned that wholesale expropriation without compensation will threaten food security and negatively affect economic activity and job creation as the country battles with high unemployment. However, President Cyril Ramaphosa and senior gover...

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