MPs vote on land expropriation without compensation & Twitter was lit

16 November 2018 - 06:00 By Ntokozo Miya
MPs voted on Thursday November 15 on the controversial amendment.
MPs voted on Thursday November 15 on the controversial amendment.
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On Thursday, MPs voted in favour of amending the Constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation and Twitter was ready for action as the decision was made.

This comes months after the Constitutional Review Committee was tasked with scrutinising the necessity to change the constitution of South Africa so that it allows for land expropriation without competition.

Twelve MPs supported the recommendation for the amendment, while four representatives from the Democratic Alliance, Freedom Front Plus, ACDP and COPE were against it. 

Together with the IFP, the four political parties who voted against constitutional changes expressed concerns about the procedural flaws that preceded the Constitutional Review Committee's recommendation. 

"One has to look at the process in terms of submissions that were not entertained, submissions that were arbitrarily decided not to be part of the submissions. This is about changing the bill of rights, it's not just any legislation therefore the process must be perfect," said DA MP Annelie Lotriet.

While some people showed little faith in the decision, considering the amendment will not be in place in time for next year's election, others couldn't contain their excitement.

There are also those who question if the ruling party is capable of moving the development forward.

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