Right way to get a bill signed

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Koketso Poo

PROGRESS shown by the De­part­ment of Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment and Land Re­form in mak­ing sure that the Com­mu­nal Land Ten­ure Bill is fi­nally passed into law has far-reach­ing ram­i­fi­ca­tions.

In its aim of regulating and ad­min­is­trat­ing com­mu­nal land by en­ti­ties cho­sen by com­mu­ni­ties, it means the min­is­ter of the De­part­ment of Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment and Land Re­form is work­ing in align­ment with the law. For ex­am­ple, the Com­mu­nal Land Ten­ure Bill stake­holder con­sul­ta­tions held last October, which in­cluded stake­hold­ers such as com­mu­nal prop­erty as­so­ci­a­tions, trusts, tra­di­tional coun­cils and land NGOs, gave con­stituen­cies time to de­lib­er­ate and make in­puts on the pro­posed pro­vi­sions in the bill.

This is heart-warm­ing in that it gave stake­hold­ers the plat­form to en­gage with a piece of leg­is­la­tion that will most af­fect them if rat­i­fied into law.

The ex­er­cise of in­clud­ing con­stituen­cies fur­ther jus­ti­fies the process of fi­nally get­ting the bill signed.

This is the right way to do things by the min­is­ter, con­sid­er­ing the de­part­ment is still smart­ing from the Con­sti­tu­tional Court rul­ing last July that de­clared the Resti­tu­tion of Land Rights Amend­ment Act in­valid as a re­sult of en­gag­ing in in­ad­e­quate pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion be­fore the act was passed. Big ups to the de­part­ment for con­sid­er­ing its con­stituen­cies! Ga-Rankuwa

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