Experts again say the Constitution needs not be amended for land reform

Experts again say the Constitution needs not be amended for land reform

- The Joint Constitutional Review Committee received oral submissions for and against amending the Constitution

- Many experts stated their cases against plans to make changes to the Constitution, giving reasons why it's a bad idea

- The committee will be taking submissions until Friday

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One of the most pressing issues in SA is land reformation but there's a lot of divide between people about the matter.

Many South Africans eagerly await the amendment of the Constitution so expropriation without compensation can begin while others are convinced it's not necessary.

On Tuesday, 4 August, the Joint Constitutional Review Committee was told by scholars that there's no actual need to change the Constitution to allow for land reform.

News24 reports it was the 1st day of the oral submissions on amending section 25 of the Constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation.

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Academics believe inequality continues in SA not because of the current state of the Constitution but because of the SA government's failure to effectively and efficiently reform land.

Professor Ruth Hall of the University of the Western Cape's Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies says the committee is approaching the land matter wrongly.

Hall said the committee shouldn't ask the South African public whether the Constitution should be changed but should rather ask the government why section 25 has not been implemented yet.

According to professor Hall, the Constitution needs no changes. She feels the notion is politically motivated. Hall believes section 25 hasn't been used to its best ability.

Professor Elmien du Plessis from the University of the North West also feels the state isn't effectively using its power to get land and reforming it. Professor du Plessis believes the Constitution doesn't need any changing to make fair land reform possible.

Zenande Booi of the University of Cape Town's Land and Accountability Research Centre is another expert against the amendment of the Constitution. She feels changing the Constitution won't take on the land reform issues.

Professor Bradley Slade from the University of Stellenbosch adds to the argument against the changing of the Constitution that making changes would affect other constitutional rights as well.

Dr Rick de Satgé of the non-profit company Phuhlisani believes expropriation without compensation won't help to make reform more affordable or any quicker.

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Cosatu is all for expropriation without compensation and made it clear during their representation. Matthew Parks gave a list of land they believe should be taken into consideration for expropriation.

  • Abandoned land
  • Neglected land
  • Land expropriated during apartheid/colonial area

Oral submissions will continue until Friday. gathered that Orania and BLF are next to deliver submissions.

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