Parliament gets more than 700 000 submission forms on land expropriation

Parliament gets more than 700 000 submission forms on land expropriation

- The Joint Constitutional Review Committee asked South Africans to fill in and submit forms on land expropriation to be reviewed

- The committee announced that it received more than 700 000 forms from the public

- However, only forms with clear details will be considered and accepted

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Moloto Mothapo stated that the Joint Constitutional Review Committee has received more than 700 000 submission forms from the South African public.

The committee was established to review the Constitution. It will review section 25 that addresses the right of property ownership.

The committee asked South Africans to send in submission forms for review to enable land expropriation without compensation.

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Because of this large number of submissions, the committee is supplementing its capacity by appointing a service provider to help analyse the submissions.

One important requirement for a submission to be acknowledged is that it contains complete and clear details.

If a submission form does not contain a valid email address, name and cellphone number, it will be disregarded.

South Africans made use of online platforms that were made available for filling in the submission forms, according to a report by allAfrica.

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A report by OFM stated that the committee will be travelling to the nine provinces to hold hearings to involve the public in the land expropriation without compensation matter.

The hearings will start on the 26th of June. Mothapo hopes the public will attend these hearings with a positive attitude.

Our main objective remains to ensure that as many citizens as possible are provided with an opportunity to raise their views in the interest of participatory democracy.

Mothapo stated that the final draft of the committee's report will be submitted at around the 3rd of August. By then the committee would have finished its public hearings in the provinces.

The committee will then take in oral submissions from South Africans until the 17th of August.

Briefly.co.za learned that the hearings will be broadcast on Parliament TV.

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