Deadline looms for land expropriation submissions

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Political parties in Parliament are working against time to meet the deadline for public submissions to the Joint Constitutional Review Committee dealing with expropriation of land without compensation.

Friday is the final day of written submissions, before the process to investigate possible changes of section 25. The Congress of the People (COPE) reiterated its position that there is no need to amend the Constitution.

COPE Leader Mosiuoa Lekota says the Constitution requires government to expropriate land without compensation. “ And it says in section 25 subsection seven-it says whether it is an individual household or community-once it has identified that land, government must expropriate that land without compensation and gives it back to those communities.”