A separate committee in parliament is set to soon begin redrafting section 25 of the constitution or the property clause after both houses of the legislature agreed to adopt the contentious report on land expropriation without compensation. The expropriation without compensation debate has polarised the country and spooked investors, with the proposed amendment set to be challenged in court by various stakeholders and political parties. This means the process to change the constitution could be stymied pending the conclusion of court processes which may end in up in the highest court in the land, the Constitutional Court. It is therefore highly unlikely that any amendment will be finalised by the current parliament, whose five-year term ends in a few months’ time. The National Council of Provinces on Wednesday gave the report the thumbs-up with eight provinces voting in favour of its adoption. The DA-led Western Cape objected. On Tuesday, the National Assembly voted in favour of the...

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