Land expropriation: Deadline for ad hoc committee on Section 25 extended to 31 August

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  • The deadline for the ad hoc committee amending Section 25 of the Constitution has been extended to 31 August.
  • This while the ANC and EFF can't find common ground on whether all land should be held in state custodianship.
  • This is the fourth time the committee's term has been extended.

The National Assembly has extended to 31 August the deadline for the ad hoc committee that's working on the amendment to Section 25 of the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation.

But the DA and FF Plus – which are opposed to an amendment - have objected to the extension.

The extension was granted on Friday after the ANC and EFF couldn't reach consensus on the form of the proposed amendment.

The EFF is advocating for the state to be the custodian of all land and for the courts to play no role in determining the amount of compensation for expropriated property.

READ | Do not politick with land, Malema warns Ramaphosa as he cranks up pressure on ANC over amendment

The ANC could need the EFF's votes for the amendment to pass in the National Assembly.

On Wednesday, during the debate on the Presidency's budget vote, EFF leader Julius Malema vowed that his party would never support an amendment that didn't include their proposal that the state should hold all land in custodianship.

On Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa seemed confident that the discussions between the parties would deliver an outcome, while dismissing the EFF's proposal, saying that people want title deeds and that state custodianship could kill an entrepreneurial spirit.

This is the fourth time the committee's deadline has been extended.

READ | Land expropriation: Parliamentary committee on Section 25 to ask for another extension

The committee was re-established last year after it lapsed at the end of May 2020 because it could not complete its public participation process due to Covid-19 restrictions. When it was re-established in June, it was given a deadline of 31 December, which was later extended to mid-March, and then to the end of May.


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