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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO SECTION 25 OF THE CONSTITUTION
In an historic development since the advent of our parliamentary democracy, the National Assembly (NA) today considered and adopted the report of the Joint Constitutional Review Committee (JCRC) on the review of Section 25 of the Constitution, to expropriate land without compensation.
The adoption of this report is a culmination of a lengthy parliamentary process which commenced on 27 February 2018, where the NA adopted a motion to review Section 25 of the Constitution and other clauses where necessary, to sufficiently cater for the principle of land expropriation without compensation. The JCRC then conducted an extensive public participation process which included a land colloquium, written and oral submissions, and held public hearings across the country. The overwhelming majority of the people of South Africa called for an amendment to Section 25 of the Constitution, so as to expedite the process of land reform in South Africa.
Today, the NA responded to the quest of our people to resolve this national grievance and restore the land to its rightful owners. The adopted recommendation states – “Section 25 of the Constitution must be amended to make explicit that which is implicit in the Constitution, with regards to Expropriation of Land without Compensation, as 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 productive participants in ownership, food security and agricultural reform programs.”
This recommendation is a direct result of the resolution of the 54th National Conference of the African National Congress (ANC) which resolved that the ANC should, as a matter of policy, pursue expropriation of land without compensation. Conference also resolved that this should be pursued without destabilising the agricultural sector; without endangering food security in our country; and without undermining economic growth and job creation. The expropriation of land is in the public interest, and is about redressing the effects of what President Ramaphosa characterised as “the original sin of arbitrary dispossession of land” in his 2018 State of the Nation Address (SONA).
The process of amending the Constitution for the expropriation of land without compensation, will undoubtedly lead to access to agricultural and residential land for all. From its formation, the ANC has fought for the return of land to its rightful owners. Our land reform project as the ANC has always been about the creation of a democratic, non-racial, non-sexist, united and a prosperous nation. Therefore, just and equitable redistribution, and restitution of land, is about ensuring the stability and prosperity of our country.
The ANC applauds the sterling work of the JCRC in ensuring that their work was conducted in a fair, transparent and democratic manner. The ANC is ready to defend this process against parties that have threatened legal action against Parliament to ostensibly block this transformative step. We will defend the right of the people who gave us a mandate to address the original sin of land dispossession.
The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) will consider and adopt the JCRC report on Wednesday, 05 December 2018.
The ANC Chief Whip, comrade Jackson Mthembu, will on Thursday, 06 December 2018, formally table a motion in the NA for the establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee to deal with the actual amendment of the Section 25 of the Constitution.
Issued by the Office of the ANC Chief Whip, comrade Jackson Mthembu.
HEFTY SENTENCE FOR DRUG DEALER
Northern Cape – Major General Kholekile Galawe has welcomed the sentence imposed to Sunday Nwankow, 37, for dealing in drugs and money laundering amounting to approximately R204 300-00. A swift response to a tipoff by the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigating Unit led to his arrested last year, 24 October 2017, while he was travelling from Rustenburg to Upington with a huge amount of drugs. The bag full of mandrax tablets was seized along with his vehicle. On 17 October 2018, the Upington Magistrate Court found Nwankow guilty and was sentenced to fifteen (15) years imprisonment for Dealing in drugs, of which seven (7) years was suspended for 5 years on condition that the he is not convicted of the same offences again. Nwankow was further sentenced to six (6) years imprisonment for seventeen (17) counts of money laundering, all taken as one for the purpose of sentence.
All sentences are said to run concurrently, Nwankow will effectively serve Eight (8) years imprisonment and was declared unfit to possess a firearm.
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POLICE SEEK URGENT ASSISTANCE TRACING ALLEGED RAPISTS...
Police in Kimberley have requested public assistance tracing an alleged rapists who are suspected of raping a 34-year-old female. It is alleged that the suspect accosted the victim while she was walking home from a tavern in the De Beers suburb. Spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock says the incident occurred late last month on the 25th of August in the late hours of the evening. “An unknown male accosted and dragged her into an unknown shack where she was raped by two men. One of the suspects was light in complexion, about 1.7 metres tall and was wearing a dickies cap.” Kock further requested that anyone with information regarding the incident or the man pictured contact D/Const Katlego Tsiane on 082 302 0468 or 053 838 4307. “The man (pictured) can possibly assist the police with information regarding this case,” he concluded.
OPERATIONAL PATROLS YIELD SUCCESS
KIMBERLEY - The Kimberley SAPS Visible Policing unit have confiscated over R 20 000 worth of Mandrax tablets, following a routine search at local hotspots throughout the Diamond City. Police stopped and searched a suspicious looking 33-year-old man who was in possession of a bag containing 210 full mandrax and 15 half mandrax tablets. The 33-year-old suspect is expected to appear before the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court soon.
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Photo Credit: Siyabulela Duda / GCIS
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South Africa's Commander-in-Chief President Cyril Ramaphosa meets his forces at the SANDF's Inter-Faith service which is part of the build-up of Armed Forces Day.