Full bench to hear AfriForum’s bid to stop debate on land report
AfriForum does not want the joint constitutional review committee's report on amending the constitution to be debated and possibly adopted by the National Assembly and NCOP
A full bench of judges will hear AfriForum's case in which the lobby group is seeking to bar parliament from debating a report calling for the amendment of the constitution, to allow for expropriation of land without compensation. The matter will be heard in the high court in Cape Town on Thursday. AfriForum applied for an urgent interdict to prevent the report of the joint constitutional review committee on amending section 25 of the constitution from being debated and possibly adopted by the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces this week. It also wants the report to be set aside pending the outcome of a judicial review of the committee's process.
The National Assembly is scheduled next Tuesday to debate and possibly adopt the report, which recommends the amendment of the constitution to include an explicit clause that provides for expropriation of land without compensation. AfriForum is arguing that parliament’s public participation process was inadequate and ...