13 November 2018

South Africa: Expropriation Without Compensation Is a Done Deal - All That's Left Is the Formalities

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Top: A farmhouse in the Free State. Bottom-left: Media image of the Constitutional Review Committee. Bottom-right: The National Assembly building in Cape Town.

A constitutional amendment for expropriation without compensation is a done deal. In Parliament's joint constitutional review committee on Tuesday the ANC and EFF, with support of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and National Freedom Party (NFP), supported this. They have the numbers, both in the committee where it is expected to come to a vote, and in the House.

A series of parliamentary steps must still unfold - from an official discussion of the committee report on Wednesday and its adoption, the report's publication in the Announcements Tablings and Committee Reports (ATC) and the debate, and vote, in both the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces (NCOP).

And once the report of the joint constitutional review committee is adopted, it will be round two: Parliament must establish the mechanism for the drafting of the constitutional amendment, be that a special ad hoc committee or an existing one, in a process that would entail further public hearings. Whether that happens before the 2019 elections depends on the parliamentary calendar; Parliament rises in early December...

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