External service provider to assist in land expropriation submissions

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Parliament’s Joint Constitutional Review committee will make use of an external service provider to assist with the nearly one million submissions received on the issue of land expropriation without compensation.

The committee is investigating possible amendments to Section 25 of the Constitution.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has urged the committee to ensure that all the submissions which have been made are credible and are from verifiable sources.

EFF MP Floyd Shivambu says, “Submissions that don’t have identity that even if you try to look for that person you cannot find, must be disregarded. Let’s deal with real human beings, because you might be dealing with computers and we think it’s half a million which was submitted by computers.”

A co-chairperson of the committee, Vincent Smith, says the submissions will be processed while the committee is on a six week  road show, “They have 30 days to summarise the information on a spread sheet of some sort…by the time we return 6/7 Aug we will have that report. Who is saying what, how many saying yes/no.”