Presidential panel member rejects final report on land expropriation

Presidential panel member rejects final report on land expropriation

- A member of the presidential advisory panel on land reform has refused to sign the panel's report

- The report is set to be handed over to Cyril Ramaphosa on 24 April

- The report concerns the proposed amendments to Section 25 of the Constitution, which would allow for land expropriation without compensation

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One of the members of an advisory panel regarding the amendment of the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation has rejected parts of the plan.

Dan Kriek, AgriSA head and member of the panel, refused to sign the final report set to be submitted to President Ramaphosa this week.

Kriek and the agricultural association have released an alternative report on land reform.

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This comes as lawmakers are drafting a bill to make changes to Section 25 of the Constitution. Section 25 concerns land reform and land rights.

The proposed changes to the Constitution would allow for legal expropriation of land without the owners being paid compensation. 

The draft bill is expected to be debated in October. The advisory panel, which was appointed by the president, will play a role in finalising the bill, according to The Herald.

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Kriek and one other member of the panel have reportedly refused to sign the report, however. They implied that the land reform proposed in the report was not based on "proven agricultural practice and sustained economic growth", Briefly.co.za has gathered. 

Instead, they have released their own alternative report.

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The proposed constitutional amendments have worried some investors, who claim it will undermine property rights. Cyril Ramaphosa, however, has promised the business community that property rights will be protected.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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