Parliament’s ad hoc committee tasked with amending section 25 of the constitution, or the property clause, has set the ball rolling for the proposed legislative changes as it moves to get most of its work done before the May elections. However, the committee’s draft programme, which was released on Thursday, just about confirmed that the issue will be handed over to the next parliament after the elections. This means the amendment, which is meant to ease expropriation of land without compensation to address skewed land ownership patterns dating back to apartheid and colonial eras, might not be passed if the ANC and EFF fail to secure a two-thirds majority between them. On Thursday, the National Assembly unanimously adopted a draft resolution by ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu for the dissolution of the National Assembly. Parliament rises on March 20 for constituency period ahead of the polls. However, in terms of the constitution, the assembly remains competent to function from the t...

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