Today is a historic day for South Africans with the National Assembly voting that the Bill of Rights will be amended to allow for land expropriation without compensation
Today will go down in history as the National Assembly saw MPs agreeing to amend the Bill of Rights for the first time in the South Africa's democratic history.
This comes following the constitutional review committee adopting its final report recommending the Constitution should be amended to allow for expropriation of land without compensation.
The ANC, EFF as well as other smaller parties managed to gain enough support to pass the report.
MPs debated on the topic for just under 2 hours before putting it to a vote. The MPs voted 209 in favour and 91 opposing.
The Democratic Alliance is still strongly opposed to the changes and will be continuing in their fight against land reform.
Thandeka Mbabama, spokesperson for the DA, said: “The DA commits itself to take this fight to the highest court in the land if Parliament does not send this report back to the Constitutional Review Committee.”
Another DA member, Glynnis Breytenbach, also won't be giving up the fight against the proposed amendments, saying that:
“The committee report has serious procedural flaws, specifically relating to the public participation process which is mandated by Section 59, 72 and 118 of the Constitution.”
The report has been adopted after a drawn out ten months of public hearings and debate on the proposed amendments to the Constitution.
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