Call for con­stituent voices on ex­pro­pri­a­tion

Cape Argus - - NATION - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

MEM­BERS of the Con­sti­tu­tional Re­view Com­mit­tee want peo­ple who want to make oral pre­sen­ta­tions on the ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land with­out com­pen­sa­tion to have con­stituen­cies.

They said yes­ter­day they did not want peo­ple with no con­stituen­cies to make oral sub­mis­sions in the na­tional leg­is­la­ture. The com­mit­tee is to con­duct an­other round of pub­lic hear­ings in Par­lia­ment on the mat­ter.

How­ever, mem­bers of Par­lia­ment (MPs) were at odds on who to in­vite to make oral pre­sen­ta­tions fol­low­ing writ­ten sub­mis­sions.

Out of the list of in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions who were keen to make oral pre­sen­ta­tions, MPs said they wanted peo­ple with con­stituen­cies to ap­pear be­fore them.

Nick Koorn­hof of the ANC, said they needed to con­clude the process soon, and were giv­ing peo­ple an­other op­por­tu­nity to state their cases.

“I re­mem­ber the last time we said we will in­vite peo­ple with con­stituen­cies and not in­di­vid­u­als.

“We also said there will be no po­lit­i­cal par­ties, as they are rep­re­sented in Par­lia­ment,” said Koorn­hof.

Co-chair­per­son of the com­mit­tee Lewis Nz­i­mande said they tried to ac­com­mo­date peo­ple with con­stituen­cies on the list of peo­ple to present in Par­lia­ment.

How­ever, Nz­i­mande warned that they would not al­low peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions which pre­sented in the pre­vi­ous round of pub­lic hear­ings to come to the com­mit­tee again.

He said they wanted fresh faces that would ar­gue their cases to the com­mit­tee.

“Those who have been given an op­por­tu­nity in the pre­vi­ous hear­ings in Par­lia­ment, we will not con­sider them,” said Nz­i­mande.

The com­mit­tee de­cided to turn down a re­quest by the PAC to present to the com­mit­tee.

Nz­i­mande said the PAC, like 12 other par­ties in Par­lia­ment, was rep­re­sented in the Na­tional Assem­bly.

He said it did not make sense to give the PAC an op­por­tu­nity to present to the com­mit­tee when it had a seat in the na­tional leg­is­la­ture.

A few months ago the com­mit­tee took a de­ci­sion, that they would not al­low par­ties to make any sub­mis­sion on the land ex­pro­pri­a­tion mat­ter, as they were al­ready rep­re­sented in the House.

Nz­i­mande said po­lit­i­cal par­ties could come to the com­mit­tee at any time to make their con­tri­bu­tions.

The com­mit­tee is in a race against time to con­clude its re­port on the ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land with­out com­pen­sa­tion. The com­mit­tee is ex­pected to hear oral sub­mis­sions in the next two weeks. MPs had to trim the list of those to make oral sub­mis­sions from 120 to less than 35.

The com­mit­tee has set aside two days for the pub­lic hear­ings, and af­ter that, it will pre­pare a re­port to be sub­mit­ted in the House.

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