The new parliamentary ad hoc committee on the amendment of Act. 25 of the Constitution to facilitate expropriation without compensation met on Friday morning to set the timeframe for the process. By March 26 next year, the process should be completed.
There was some tension during the meeting, attended by only three parties, namely the ANC, DA, and EFF. The rest was absent. The DA and the moderate, more Ramaphosa-minded ANC members (such as Education Minister Angie Motshekga) were clearly of the opinion that a slow process with a lot of input is the right path. However, the EFF and the more activist, Zuma-minded ANC members (such as Adv. Bongani Bongo) are in a hurry and want to change the Constitution as soon as possible without too much consultation.
Currently, the moderates are in the majority, but it is clear things can still get tough.
Mathole Motshekga said after the meeting that the committee would ensure that South Africans had the opportunity to comment on the draft bill.
“We also realize that the committee does not have all the knowledge and will, therefore, seek the assistance of local as well as foreign experts.”
The goal is to complete the process by March 31, although Motshekga emphasized that thoroughness is more important than speed.