Court battle looms after DA digs in heels on land expropriation

The DA will approach the courts if parliament adopts the constitutional review committee report that recommends amending the constitution to provide for expropriation of land without compensation.

The party made the announcement on Tuesday, just hours before the National Assembly was due to consider – and most likely adopt – the report.

The report is due to be presented to the National Council of Provinces on Wednesday.  

The DA said it would vote against the report.

The party said the process followed by the joint committee was “procedurally, fatally flawed” and it would ask the courts to set aside its outcomes. The report, once adopted by the two houses of parliament, will trigger a constitutional amendment process.

DA MP Annelie Lotriet, who served on the constitutional review committee, said it was  important for parliament to follow proper processes because this was not just another constitutional amendment but would be an amendment of the Bill of Rights.

“You cannot be lax in the process that you follow. Just not focusing and not engaging all the written submissions can make a major difference, so I don’t think we should leave that out of the equation,” she said.

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