City Press on the 15 July 2018

The debate on land reform is currently taking place across many fronts. This should be expected, given the complexity of the matter. However, there is a danger that related but distinct factors may be mashed into one, thus confounding rather than clarifying the fundamental issues.

Parliament’s joint constitutional review committee has been holding hearings in various parts of the country, and views have been freely expressed on the need or otherwise to amend the “property clause” in the Constitution. The weight of the arguments in the written submissions and the hearings – rather than a referendum-style numbers game – will determine the content of the report, says committee co-chairperson Vincent Smith.

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