COPE To Fight Amendment Of Constitution For Land Expropriation Without Compensation
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COPE To Fight Amendment Of Constitution For Land Expropriation Without Compensation


A South African opposition political party,
The Congress of the People, has positioned itself to intensify its stance against the
proposed constitutional amendment by parliament to allow the expropriation of land without
compensation in the Republic of South Africa. The highest decision making body of the party,
the Congress National Committee‚ will meet in Gauteng on Saturday 23 June 2018, to discuss
the land issue‚ among other matters. The president of the party, Mosiuoa Lekota,
has been among the leading critics of the parliamentary process to amend section 25
of the Constitution regarding the expropriation of land without compensation. The party indicated that it has collected
247,000 written submissions presumably objecting to amending the Constitution that will for
expropriation of land without compensation in the Republic of South Africa. In April 2018, the parliamentary joint review
committee, set up to deal with the review of section 25 of the Constitution, called
for written public submissions to allow South Africans to voice their opinion on the matter. On Saturday 23 June 2018‚ the Congress National
Committee will present a report on the expropriation of land without compensation, and the party’s
intention to mobilise as many South Africans as possible, to correctly prepare them to
defend the Constitution. The national chairperson of the party‚ Pakes
Dikgetsi‚ confirmed that the Congress National Committee meeting would discuss a report on
work done to mobilise South Africans to defend the Constitution. “The Constitution was a multiparty agreement;
Mandela was not drunk when he signed it. It is meant to guide us all‚” he said. He said that since February this year‚ the
party has held discussions with traditional leaders‚ farmers and other citizens about
their concerns regarding the expropriation of land without compensation‚ which had
resulted in the large number of submissions on the subject. Mosiuoa Lekota has, on various occasions,
spoken against the expropriation of land without compensation‚ saying that it will lead to
a civil war in South Africa. During this year’s debate on President Cyril
Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address‚ Mosiuoa Lekota asked: “This Constitution
says we are all South Africans. Who will you take the land from‚ and to
whom will you give it?” The party is also expected to encourage South
Africans to participate in the public hearings to be held by Parliament’s constitutional
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