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Parliament to hold a tough debate to vote on land expropriation

https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/parliament-to-hold-crunch-debate-vote-on-land-expropriation-c0c5121a-5632-4546-9e13-402f92fb4870

Parliament is preparing to vote on a Bill calling for the expropriation of land without compensation, despite the ANC's insistence that it does not support total land nationalisation.

The ANC continues to insist that the state can only be the custodian of certain areas of land.


To vote on land expropriation without compensation, the National Assembly will need a two-thirds majority, or 67 percent of MPs.


However, in order for the bill amending the constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation to be passed, the ANC would need the support of more parties to reach 67 percent.


The bill is opposed by the DA, Freedom Front Plus, the ACDP, and other parties.

The EFF and ANC were in talks about land expropriation a few months ago, but their talks fell through when they couldn't agree on land custodianship.

According to the EFF, the state should be the sole custodian of all land in the country.


However, the ANC believes that the state can only be custodian of a limited amount of land

.Pemmy Majodina, the ANC's chief whip, stated yesterday that they have been dealing with the issue of land expropriation for the past two years.


"The ANC does not support wholesale land nationalization or state custodianship of land." After extensive internal deliberation, and in light of the complexities of the subclause and restitution legislation introduced in 1994, as well as the likelihood of protracted and time-consuming litigation in driving a land reform process, the ANC decided not to amend Section 25 (7), while acknowledging that it must be addressed in the future. The ANC's proposed amendments took into account the fact that the Ad Hoc Committee's mandate was to make explicit what is implicit in Section 25 of the Constitution in order to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.

Furthermore, it was noted that the Expropriation Bill, a law of general application, deals with the circumstances under which expropriation of land without compensation can occur in land under the auspices of the Minister of Public Works. The Expropriation Bill is being finalized by Parliament." Majodina stated

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