Land Ex­pro­pri­a­tion Bill may miss 2019 poll

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - OHANNESBURG - eNCA

JThe 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 on Fri­day 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.

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