Calls to review controversial Expropriation Bill

President Jacob Zuma has asked Parliament to advise him on the processes followed.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has asked Parliament to spell out the process followed in passing the controversial Expropriation Bill.

The Bill was passed in May and sent to Zuma for him to sign it into law.

However, Zuma r eceived a number of petitions asking him not to assent to the Bill on the grounds that it was unconstitutional and that its passage was procedurally flawed.

The Expropriation Bill provides for the state to take property for a public purpose, such as power lines, and in the public interest, as in the redistribution of land.

According to the Presidency, Zuma received objections to his signing the Expropriation Bill from a number of individuals and organisations.

Among the issues raised were that the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) and provincial legislatures did not follow the correct procedure in passing the contested legislation.

It's also been alleged that the NCOP did not carry out enough public consultation before adopting the Bill, something for which the Constitutional Court has previously rapped Parliament over the knuckles.

The Presidency says the Bill was also not referred to the National House of Traditional Leaders as required by law.

Zuma has now asked National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and NCOP chairperson, Thandi Modise, to advise him on the processes followed.