n Southern African Public Law - Land matters and rural development : 2018 - commentary

Volume 34 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2219-6412



The year 2018 will be known as a period of emotionally loaded debates on the expropriation of land without compensation. The public were invited to submit comments on the amendment of section 25 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, and public hearings were held all over the country.1 There were allegations that the public hearings were hijacked by political parties and that the ordinary people never really had a chance to voice their concerns, but reports seem to differ in this regard.2 The Constitutional Review Committee of Parliament, at the request of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces, released a ‘Draft Report on the Possible Review of Section 25 of the Constitution’ on 15 November 2018. This report summarised the views that emerged from the public hearings and the written comments. The president subsequently appointed a committee to draft an amendment to section 25 and to the Expropriation Act 63 of 1975.

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