Thousands gathered at the Friends of God Church in Goodwood this morning for the last leg of Parliament’s public hearings into land expropriation without compensation. PICTURES: DA/ Twitter

Cape Town - Thousands gathered at a Cape Town church on Saturday for the last leg of Parliament’s public hearings into land expropriation without compensation.

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People from all across the city attended the hearings, but the central focus was on the need for housing, land, food security and the compensation of land owners.

Parliament’s joint review committee has held over 30 hearings in all nine provinces - with the last of the hearings taking place at the Friends of God Church in Goodwood.

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The  committee is tasked to look at amending section 25 of the Constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane also addressed a small crowd of supporters outside the venue.

“Let me tell you as a South African, I am not happy with the land ownership in South Africa. I want it to change; but that change does not require changing the Constitution but changing the government,” Maimane said flanked by provincial and regional leaders.

But others raised concerns of farmworkers.

Mercia Andrews said: “I support this motion because we need land for agricultural use. There are black farmers who do not get recognition. We are seeing people evicted off their land and there are no actions taken against white farmers,” she said.

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The committee is set to report back to Parliament in September with recommendations - after which a final decision will be made.

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