Parliament’s joint constitutional review committee formally resolved on Thursday to recommend the amendment of section 25 of the constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation. It recommended that it be made explicit that this is one of the means that can be used to address the skewed land ownership patterns dating back to the colonial and apartheid eras. Despite strong objections by various opposition parties, who have indicated that they will launch a legal challenge to block the amendment, the ANC, supported by the EFF (the third-largest party in Parliament) and UDM used its majority in the committee to push through the contentious recommendation. A total of 12 MPs voted in favour of the motion to amend the constitution with four opposing it. The committee’s final report and recommendations will now be tabled in the National Assembly for debate, before being forwarded to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) for concurrence. Thereafter, another committee ...

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