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NCOP adopts land expropriation report

The concurrence means the matter is now a duly adopted resolution of Parliament.

A screengrab the NCOP debating the land expropriation report on 5 December 2018.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has agreed that Section 25 of the Constitution be amended to make expropriation of land without compensation more explicit.

This follows the National Assembly's adoption of the report on Tuesday. The African National Congress, with the support of the Economic Freedom Fighters and other smaller parties, managed to garner enough numbers to pass the report.

The concurrence means the matter is now a duly adopted resolution of Parliament.

Delegates from eight of the nine provinces represented in the NCOP voted in favour of a constitutional amendment.

It is only the Western Cape that voted against the resolution.

Lewis Nzimande who co-chaired the Joint Constitutional Review Committee has now called on both houses of Parliament to take the matter further as soon as possible.

“Indeed the House must urgently establish a committee to take further this matter.”

The ANC will now formally table a motion for the establishment of an ad hoc committee to deal with the actual amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution through an amendment bill.

The adoption of the report follows a marathon 10 months of public hearings and debates on the desirability of amending the Constitution.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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