Public participation key in land debate: analyst

File: AfriForum Deputy CEO Ernst Roets says the notion that whites stole land in South Africa is simply not true.

File: Phephelaphi Dube from the Centre for Constitutional Rights stated the matter of land expropriation would probably end up in the highest court of the land.

JOHANNESBURG - Amending the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation is a step closer to reality.

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The matter is now a resolution of Parliament after both the NCOP and the National Assembly voted in support of the amendment but there's still a long road ahead before the Constitution is changed.

Phephelaphi Dube from the Centre for Constitutional Rights stated the matter would probably end up in the highest court of the land as opposition parties have repeatedly brought it to the judiciary.

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Dube said public participation is hugely important in the process of drafting and amending legislation and parliament has a responsibility to take the views of South Africans into account.