ANC MPs say amending the constitution not a foregone conclusion

ANC MPs say amending the constitution not a foregone conclusion

- Two ANC MPs have revealed that amending the property clause in the constitution is not a foregone conclusion

- Vincent Smith and Mathole Motshekga reportedly said the constitutional review committee will undertake public consultations before any decision is made

- The ANC has been at great pains to assure South Africans that the land matter would not descend into anarchy and would be handled with the utmost care

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Land expropriation without compensation has become the latest buzzword in South Africa and a prickly subject at best. Misinformation and speculation have made it all but impossible to discern fact from fiction.

Most South Africans think the adoption of the policy by Parliament in February means an amendment to section 25 of the Constitution is a foregone conclusion. This is not so, at least that’s according to some African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament (MPs).

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Vincent Smith and Mathole Motshekga reportedly said amendments to the property clause in the Constitution were not inevitable and any amendments were subject to the recommendations made by the Parliament’s constitutional review committee. gathered that the committee has until the end of August to make its recommendation to Parliament and will be embarking on public hearings next month. The committee will hear from all interested parties in all nine provinces.

Smith is reported to have said the committee would open for written submissions as early as next week, after which it would embark on a tour of all nine provinces. The committee will spend three days in each province and will hear from the public.

"When we go back in August, we will not say that land must be expropriated. We will either say that the Constitution must be amended or not," Smith said.

Motshekga said no one should feel threatened by the process and assured the public that every single person would be given the opportunity to have their voice heard. He said this was in keeping with Madiba’s vision to transform South Africa in an orderly manner.

Since the policy was adopted the ANC has gone to great lengths to reassure the public that the land matter would not descend into chaos and would be handled with the utmost care.

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