Public hearings on Land Expropriation starts in May

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Parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee will start the public consultation process for amending Section 25 of the constitution to allow expropriation of land without compensation, from the first week of May.

A committee consisting of 24 members from both the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) and the National Assembly recently met to outline its programme.

The members will split up into two groups to visit coastal and inland areas respectively.

They are tasked by the National Assembly to amend the constitution following the passing of the resolution in February to amend Section 25.

Committee Chairperson Vincent Smith says, “We took a decision that we will split the committee into two, so that we can intensify the consultation instead of 24 people moving around. There will be two teams of twelve. One team will do four provinces, and another team will do five provinces inland. And the intention is really to have a workable committee and covering more areas as opposed to one.