Investors rattled by the push to expropriate land without compensation will only know whether or not the amendment to the constitution will be passed after the national election on May 8. Parliament’s ad hoc committee tasked with amending section 25 of the constitution — the property clause — confirmed on Wednesday that the proposed legislative changes would be finalised only then. 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. Thoko Didiza, who chairs the ad hoc committee, said on Wednesday that the committee had noted in a report to the National Assembly that MPs could not conclude their work in current term of parliament. Parliament rises on March 20 for the constituency period ahead of the polls. However, in terms of the constitution, the assembly remains compet...

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