The Portfolio Committee on Public Works today held a successful stakeholder workshop on the Expropriation Bill. The Committee organised the workshop for the purposes of imparting information to members of the Committee in relation to the submissions made by various civil organisations and for the consideration of the Constitutional Court judgement on the Matatiele municipality, Land Access Movement of South Africa (Lamosa) and others, which led to the Bill being referred back to Parliament.
Members of the Committee were taken through the reasons that led the President to refer the Bill back to Parliament. Committee members have resolved to use this opportunity to consult amongst themselves and ensure that the areas identified by the President are understood and corrected.
The consultation process is a very important step and the Bill should not be rushed through when members have not exhausted all issues on the Bill. The Committee is also aware that the issue of expropriation is an emotional and sensitive one.
The workshop noted there are still other processes, such as a summit of stakeholders dealing with similar matters, and that it is advantageous to give such processes a chance, as they will further empower the Committee members on how to take this process forward.
Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa