eThekwini Mayor, Zandile Gumede said the city currently faced a shortage of burial space and believed that the proposed amendment to the land bill which will allow for expropriation without compensation will provide a solution. Picture: Independent Media

Durban - eThekwini residents were urged by Mayor Zandile Gumede to comment on the government's planned land expropriation without compensation Bill.

Gumede welcomed the decision by the Joint Constitutional Review Committee which has extended the deadline for written submissions on the matter to June 15.

Addressing the executive committee sitting at the city hall on Tuesday, she said the committee had further resolved to conduct its public hearings from 26 June to 6 August in all provinces around the country.

Provinces with a larger rural area will have four days set aside for the hearings while other provinces will have three days of public hearings.

At least one of these days will be over a weekend to allow the working public the opportunity to participate in the process.

“I encourage communities to participate in all the sittings. Our city manager Sipho Nzuza must advise us on whether we should go and make a presentation on the proposed amendment to add comment from our position as local government,” she said.

She said the city currently faced a shortage of burial space and believed that the proposed amendment will provide a solution.

“I am hopeful that we will set up a team to provide technical advice on the approach regarding this Constitutional amendment process.”

Gumede was uncompromising regarding those acting outside the law and capitalising on the process saying “no one should take claim of land without following proper processes.”

She condemned acts by other political parties who were taking advantage of the situation.

“In South Africa we follow proper processes and it should be no different regarding land expropriation without compensation. People cannot just do as they please and act outside the law. Security agencies must take action against those who break the law,” she said.

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