Land Bill may miss 2019 poll

Saturday Star - - NATION - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI [email protected]

THE ANC in Par­lia­ment has warned that it may not fi­nalise the bill on the ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land with­out com­pen­sa­tion be­fore next year’s elec­tions.

ANC chief whip Jack­son Mthembu said yesterday that while the party had set a dead­line for the end of March, this tar­get was too am­bi­tious for Par­lia­ment.

He pointed out that the pass­ing of leg­is­la­tion re­quired plenty of time.

Mthembu, how­ever, said now that Par­lia­ment had adopted the re­port on the ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land, the ANC would be mov­ing to the next phase of craft­ing a bill.

If it is not con­cluded by March next year, the ad hoc com­mit­tee can ta­ble a progress re­port in Par­lia­ment.

“Even if we were to con­clude it on March 31 it must still go to the Na­tional Coun­cil of Prov­inces and it must en­gage in the same process, es­tab­lish an ad hoc com­mit­tee, con­sult, gazette and hold pub­lic hear­ings.

“I don’t see this process con­cluded be­fore the rise of this Par­lia­ment,” said Mthembu.

He said the ad hoc com­mit­tee would clar­ify in the bill what would be amended in the Con­sti­tu­tion.

Mthembu also high­lighted that, in the ad hoc com­mit­tee’s first meet­ing, they would pro­pose that house chair­per­son Thoko Didiza be ap­pointed chair­per­son.

Other mem­bers of the ad hoc com­mit­tee are Vin­cent Smith, act­ing co-chair­per­son of the Con­sti­tu­tional Re­view Com­mit­tee Stan Maila, chair­per­son of the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on ru­ral de­vel­op­ment and land re­form Phumzile Ngwenya-ma­bila and chair­per­son of the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on agri­cul­ture, forestry and fish­eries Rosina Se­menya.

De­spite the ANC push­ing through the bill, op­po­si­tion par­ties have warned that they will take Par­lia­ment to court on the process fol­lowed.

The par­ties said the process did not meet the re­quire­ments of deal­ing with writ­ten sub­mis­sions.

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