• Adami Geldenhuys

Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill 18 of 2021 tabled in the National Assembly

The purpose of the Bill is described by the explanatory memorandum as follows:

" ... to amend section 25 of the Constitution so as to provide that where land is expropriated for land reform, the amount of compensation payable may be nil. The Bill further clarifies that nil compensation is a legitimate option for land reform, so as to address the historic wrongs caused by the arbitrary dispossession of land, and in so doing ensure equitable access to land and further empower the majority of South Africans to be participants in ownership, food security, agricultural and other land reform programs. It also deals with matters related to land as the common heritage of all citizens to be safeguarded for future generations by the state and requiring that conditions should be fostered to enable state custodianship of certain land in order for citizens to gain access to land on an equitable basis."

The Bill is available at: https://static.pmg.org.za/B18_2021_Constitution_Eighteenth_Amendment_Bill.pdf

Information on the history and progress of the Bill is available at: https://pmg.org.za/bill/913/

See also the following articles on the Bill:

Constitution 18th Amendment Bill: Is Parliament putting the cart before the horse during expropriation without compensation process? / Pam Saxby - 2021 September 13 Daily Maverick

The Expropriation Bill and the 18th Constitutional Amendment process / Elmien du Plessis, ZsaZsa Boggenpoel, Willemien du Plessis, Juanita Pienaar, Danie Brand, Jackie Dugard and Johan Lorenzen. - 2021 September 21 Wits News

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