Johannesburg - Removing the right to compensation, as currently contained in section 25 of the Constitution, when expropriating property will be a "lethal blow" to the legitimacy and stability of constitutional order if done under present conditions, think tank Free Market Foundation (FMF) says.
The governing African National Congress has signalled plans to amend the Constitution to allow for acquisition of land for redistribution without paying compensation.
FMF legal researcher Martin van Staden said negotiations in the 1990s had led to a constitutional order "that is today widely accepted, and acceptable".
"Expropriation without compensation will change this in a very fundamental and dangerous way," van Staden said.
He denounced an announcement that the Constitutional Review Committee set up to look into expropriation would only consider a “sample” 400 submissions out of thousands submitted.