As the land debate rages, parliament has this week kicked off a process through which to gain insight into the views of ordinary citizens from across the country on land expropriation without compensation. Land justice has been at the centre of SA’s political debate since the ANC in February supported an EFF motion in parliament to expropriate land without compensation — a resolution the governing party had also taken at its national conference in December. The ANC’s amendment to the EFF resolution is the process that will now get under way, led by parliament’s constitutional review committee. At the heart of the work to be undertaken is the all-important decision over whether section 25 of the constitution should be amended — or whether it needs to be amended — to allow for land expropriation without compensation. While the constitution has been amended on a number of occasions, experts say the bill of rights has not; any amendment to section 25 would constitute the first such chan...

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