DA, FF+ with­hold ob­ser­va­tions

The Star Late Edition - - NATION - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI siyabonga.mkhwanazi@inl.co.za

THE Con­sti­tu­tional Re­view Com­mit­tee has in­sisted it will push through with the adop­tion of the re­port on the expropriation of land with­out com­pen­sa­tion next Thurs­day, de­spite threats by other par­ties to de­rail the process.

Co-chair­per­son of the com­mit­tee Lewis Nz­i­mande said yes­ter­day they could not af­ford to have an­other ex­ten­sion to the process as the dead­line for the com­mit­tee to con­clude the process is next week.

This will be in time for the dead­line by Par­lia­ment for the adop­tion of the re­port by the House at the end of the month.

The com­mit­tee’s in­sis­tence about the mat­ter arose af­ter the DA and Free­dom Front Plus said they would not make sub­mis­sions on their rec­om­men­da­tions on the expropriation of land with­out com­pen­sa­tion un­til a re­port on the writ­ten sub­mis­sions was pre­sented by Par­lia­ment.

Dur­ing the meet­ing an­other co-chair­per­son of the com­mit­tee, Stan Maila, called for par­ties to sub­mit their rec­om­men­da­tions and ob­ser­va­tions. These would be fed into the main re­port of the com­mit­tee.

An­nelie Lotriet of the DA said they needed to fol­low all pro­cesses.

“Mem­bers were re­quested to make rec­om­men­da­tions. At this point we have out­stand­ing mat­ters, so we won’t sub­mit rec­om­men­da­tions and ob­ser­va­tions,” said Lotriet.

Her col­league in the DA, Glyn­nis Breyten­bach, agreed. “The DA would like to make rec­om­men­da­tions and ob­ser­va­tions, but we can’t do that un­til this process has run its full course,” she said.

How­ever, Tebogo Mok­wele of the EFF said the DA and FF+ were de­lay­ing the process.

She said all par­ties were in­formed a week ago to sub­mit their rec­om­men­da­tions at yes­ter­day’s meet­ing, but the two par­ties had not done so.

She said both the DA and FF+ had said last week they would go to their cau­cuses on this mat­ter, but now they had new de­mands.

Corné Mul­der of the FF+ said they could not make rec­om­men­da­tions un­til the is­sue of the writ­ten sub­mis­sions had been re­solved.

This has been a stick­ing point in the com­mit­tee for some time now.

Maila said par­ties had un­til Mon­day to sub­mit their ob­ser­va­tions.

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