Public hearings on land expropriation have South Africans divided

Public hearings on land expropriation have South Africans divided

The expropriation of land without compensation has been a hot topic in South Africa since the ANC election conference in December last year.

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As reported previously, the Joint Constitutional Review Committee asked South Africans to fill in and submit forms on land expropriation to be reviewed and they received more than 700 000 submissions.

With the submissions done, the committee decided to embark on a nationwide tour to hold public hearings and hear what the people have to say.

The tour kicked off on Tuesday at 11:00 in Concordia, Springbok in the Northern Cape, where hundreds of resident gathered to join the hearing.

On Wednesday, the committee headed to Limpopo. However, the hearings stirred up mixed emotions in South Africans.

Eyewitness News reported the committee received a wide scope of opinions from South Africans on land reform.

“The variety includes, amongst others, the concern about the property rights, private land and even the land that is in the hands of the state and that, that is in the mining companies and commercial farmers", committee co-chairperson, Lewis Nzimande, said.

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The tour consists of 36 stops and is part of the 63rd anniversary of the Freedom Charter, adopted in 1955.

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