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SECTION 1 AND THE PROBLEMS OF CONSTITUTIONALISING EXPROPRIATION WITHOUT COMPENSATION IN SOUTH AFRICA

If passed, the Eighteenth Amendment Bill will modify the right to property contained in section 25 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, to allow government to expropriate property without necessarily being required to render compensation. It has been argued that the Constitution already implicitly allows for expropriation without compensation, and that the Eighteenth Amendment will simply “make explicit that which is already implicit”. It has also been said that land reform has proceeded too slowly, and that amending the Constitution would make it more effective.

Message from the Chair of the Coordinating Committee of the ANCL

Dear Colleagues,

It is with deep humility that I write to thank you for your steadfast belief in and membership of the ANCL. Your Coordinating Committee continues to make progress in strengthening your Network. In this regard, my message appears as part of a recently revamped website. We are also at an advanced stage of preparations towards a constitutional review process that is important for elections into the Executive Committee at the beginning of the Biennial Conference in Nairobi in August 2020. Information about these processes will be available in due course.

Cote d’Ivoire’s contested Electoral Commission and Ouattara’s third term: A recipe for political crisis?

Efforts to enhance the legitimacy of the Ivorian Electoral Commission and comply with decisions of the African Court have informed reforms to its composition. Nevertheless, the reforms may not have effectively addressed concerns over independence and impartiality. In combination with controversy over Ouattara’s plans for a third presidential term, the contest over the Commission could precipitate a prolonged political and even security crisis – writes Pierre Olivier Lobe.

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