PARLIAMENT, November 26 – An application by AfriForum to interdict the national legislature from adopting a report recommending the Constitution be amended to explicitly provide for land expropriation without compensation would be heard in the high court on Thursday, Parliament said on Monday.
In a statement, Parliament said Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe made an announcement on Monday morning that a full bench of the court would hear the case to have the report by the Constitutional Review Committee set aside.
“Last week, Parliament filed an answering affidavit to AfriForum’s application in which it asked the court to dismiss or strike AfriForum’s application from the court roll with punitive costs,” Parliament said.
“Parliament believes the application is ill-advised, abusive to the court processes, premature and is intended to gag both Parliament and thousands of South Africans who expressed their views through the public participation process.”
The report still has to be tabled in both the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces for approval.
The report recommending for the inclusion of a provision explicitly providing for expropriation without compensation is supported by the ruling African National Congress, the Economic Freedom Fighters and National Freedom Party.
The bill was opposed by other opposition parties, including the Democratic Alliance, Freedom Front Plus and Congress of the People. (ANA)