Land panel read­ies for new in­put

Business Day - - FRONT PAGE - Bekezela Phakathi Par­lia­men­tary Writer phakathib@busi­nesslive.co.za

The con­sti­tu­tional re­view com­mit­tee set up by par­lia­ment to help it make a call on ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land has held hear­ings na­tion­wide and re­ceived hun­dreds of thou­sands of writ­ten rep­re­sen­ta­tions.

The con­sti­tu­tional re­view com­mit­tee set up by par­lia­ment to help it make a call on ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land has held hear­ings na­tion­wide and re­ceived hun­dreds of thou­sands of writ­ten rep­re­sen­ta­tions.

The push by the ANC and the op­po­si­tion EFF to amend sec­tion 25 of the con­sti­tu­tion to make it clear how land should be ex­pro­pri­ated with­out com­pen­sa­tion has spooked in­vestors amid grow­ing neg­a­tive sentiment on emerg­ing mar­kets.

It re­mains un­clear whether par­lia­ment will be able to process any leg­isla­tive amend­ments be­fore the 2019 elec­tions. The con­sti­tu­tional re­view com­mit­tee was ini­tially sched­uled to re­port to par­lia­ment by the end of Septem­ber. How­ever, the com­mit­tee re­quested an ex­ten­sion, cit­ing the vol­ume of the sub­mis­sions it had re­ceived.

Chair­man Lewis Nz­i­mande said the com­mit­tee would hold fur­ther hear­ings on Oc­to­ber 25 and 26 in par­lia­ment. These stemmed from 19 pub­lic re­quests to make oral sub­mis­sions, and this num­ber might in­crease. The list was still be­ing fi­nalised.

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa an­nounced in Septem­ber that he had ap­pointed an ad­vi­sory panel to guide the in­ter­min­is­te­rial com­mit­tee on land re­form chaired by his deputy, David Mabuza. The panel was man­dated to re­view, re­search and sug­gest models for the gov­ern­ment to im­ple­ment a fair and eq­ui­table land-re­form process that re­dresses in­jus­tices of the past, in­creases agri­cul­tural out­put, pro­moted eco­nomic growth and pro­tects food se­cu­rity, Ramaphosa said.

Mean­while, the con­sti­tu­tional re­view com­mit­tee elected Stan­ford Maila as act­ing co-chair on Thurs­day. This came af­ter em­bat­tled ANC MP Vin­cent Smith asked to be al­lowed to step aside from head­ing up any par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee un­til the ethics com­mit­tee fin­ished its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions that he re­ceived monthly pay­ments from con­tro­ver­sial fa­cil­ity man­age­ment group Bosas a.

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