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The deadline is fast approaching for written submissions on the draft bill to amend Section 25 of the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation.
Written submissions have opened on the draft bill to amend Section 25 of the Constitution, which deals with expropriation of land without compensation.
There are currently three proposals on how to amend Section 25 of the Constitution to allow expropriation of land without compensation - two from Parliament's legal unit and one from the EFF.
Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille believes South Africans are being narrow-minded in only focusing on land expropriation without compensation.
Former president Kgalema Motlanthe has warned of a dire impact on society if property rights in South Africa aren't protected.
With the tough task of implementing government's land reform resting on her shoulders, Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza has her work cut out.
There has been no final draft report on SA's much debated land reform issue, the chairperson of the expert advisory panel on land reform said on Saturday.
The Institute of Race Relations has urged South Africans to not give any politician, no matter what party he or she belongs to, the power to dispossess people of their land without compensation.
"The EFF brought the motion of land expropriation without compensation [to Parliament] and, in that, the ANC was found flat-footed on the issue," says advocate and author Tembeka Ngcukaitobi.
It is "far from the truth" that government's land reform programme is a punitive measure against white landowners, Deputy President David Mabuza has told MPs in the National Assembly.
Another turbulent year is expected for Parliament. Here are five of the issues the national legislature will grapple with this year.
A politically charged court case involving millions of rand in rent paid to a trust which Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini heads will now be heard by a full Bench of the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg.
The Cabinet will consider the minority report of the presidential panel of experts on land reform and agriculture, President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured the National Assembly.
"We believe that there is no hate speech even if her speech is misguided. Moreover complaints such as this by Afriforum can be used [to] silence voices which are critical of the racial inequalities in South Africa," said advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi.
Land owners are running scared, offloading land in fear of the expropriation of land without compensation, according to property mogul and CEO of the South African Housing and Infrastructure Fund, Rali Mampeule.
South Africa would never experience chaotic land grabs, despite simmering tensions over government's land reform programme, President Cyril Ramaphosa has said.
A draft report by the Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture has recommended that President Cyril Ramaphosa establish a "compensation policy" to guide how expropriation without compensation should be implemented.
Section 25 of the Constitution is not the problem when it comes to the question of land expropriation without compensation. It's a lack of political will, according to advocate and author Tembeka Ngcukaitobi.
The Ad Hoc Committee to Amend Section 25 of the Constitution can't finish its work before the Fifth Parliament and that the Sixth Parliament must be tasked to take up the matter. What now?
The Land Claims Court has in essence confirmed that a valuation by the Valuer-General would not replace the role of the courts when compensation for expropriation is calculated, says the Agricultural Business Chamber.
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