This time last year SA heard for the first time that the ANC was considering amending section 25 of the constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation. Since the landmark announcement at the governing party’s 54th national policy conference, land reform dominated public conversation in 2018, with the phrase “expropriation without compensation” becoming SA’s word of the year. The Joint Constitutional Review Committee’s adoption of the recommendation to parliament that section 25 be amended was followed by an urgent interdict by lobby group AfriForum to halt the debate on land reform in the National Assembly, which was subsequently dismissed in the high court. A date has not yet been set to hear AfriForum’s second case centred on the public participation process. As expected, the ANC and EFF voted in favour of the adoption of the committee’s report. Though the report states that parliament must table, process and pass a constitutional amendment bill before th...

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