The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
The ad hoc committee amending Section 25 of the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation will visit each province to get the public's input on the amendment.
After a false start, the ad hoc committee that will amend Section 25 of the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation has elected Mathole Motshekga as its chairperson.
Amending Section 25 of the Constitution is officially before Parliament again after the National Assembly passed a motion to establish an ad hoc committee to draft an amendment to allow expropriation without compensation.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that the government would not ask foreign investors to put money into SA and then 'tomorrow take your land away', saying this was 'not something that any sensible person does'.
The IRR's attack on AfriForum unfortunately underlines the fact that there is little space for nuanced debating in South Africa, and that nobody dares to put an alternative point of view to the ruling order's view of the past, writes Kallie Kriel.
AgriSA president Dan Kriek's proposal for land expropriation without compensation amounts to exempting mega-farms while the rest populate the front line of expropriation at sacrificial compensation, writes Gabriel Crouse.
The overemphasis on compensation in the debate on land reform removes focus from the work that needs to be done for redistribution to take place, advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi told the ad hoc committee to amend section 25 of the Constitution.
Budget 2019 allocates R10.4bn to the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to bolster its capacity to expedite the land restitution process.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says state-owned "land parcels" have been identified for the purpose of expropriation without compensation.
The Zimbabwean story is such a disaster and a terrible idea, you would think that no sane person would ever try to replicate it. However, the South African government is following in the exact footsteps.
A draft Bill to amend Section 25 of the Constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation is expected to be open for public comment in December and January.
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has once again dug in his heels regarding a recommendation that the Ingonyama Trust, of which he is the sole trustee of more than 2.8 million hectares of land, be repealed.
Expropriation without compensation "in defined circumstances" is but one of the ways to reform South Africa's plans to achieve agrarian reform and spatial justice, and individual rights to land will also be recognised, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.
As the game plan around expropriation without compensation becomes clearer – notably in the publication of the Expropriation Bill – the reality may be altogether more insidious, writes Terence Corrigan.
The Ad Hoc Committee to Amend Section 25 of the Constitution has agreed to refer their work to the Sixth Parliament.
Changes to SA's Constitution to make it easier to expropriate land without compensation will only come into effect by the end of 2019 at the earliest, says the lawmaker overseeing it.
Classifying the scale of farming operations merely based on the size of the farmland also does not really make sense due to the variation of land quality and the productive potential of different pieces of land.
Leasing land to Saudi Arabia would be rubbing salt in the wounds of betrayal of poor communities in whose name land restitution without compensation is being pursued, writes Mamphela Ramphele.
The new Expropriation Bill is a reasonable piece of legislation, that needs to now be applied in a tumultuous environment. The question is always how effective a law can be, when politics are messy.
The ANC in its collective wisdom supported by the Freedom Charter, which was meant to be their guiding compass when they took power in 1994, have failed to move in the right direction as far as land is concerned.
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