April 26, 2017

Pierre De Vos

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Parliament this week debated amending Section 25 of the Constitution in order to allow for land expropriation without compensation. The motion, which was brought by the opposition EFF, failed after the ANC and other parties argued that the move was unconstitutional. The ruling party further said the idea was against its policies. The Weekly’s Martin Makoni sought the views of constitutional law expert Pierre De Vos, on the matter and how best the country can redistribute land without compromising the economy or infringing on the rights of the current land owners and the intended beneficiaries. Makoni also asked De Vos,…

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Professor Shadrack Gutto

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The North Gauteng High Court this week ruled that government’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) was unconstitutional and invalid. The court then ordered President Jacob Zuma and the ministers of justice and international relations to revoke the notice of withdrawal. The Weekly’s Martin Makoni spoke to Professor Shadrack Gutto from the Institute for African Renaissance Studies at Unisa on what the ruling meant regarding the position initially taken by the South African government to leave the ICC. Makoni also asked Gutto how important the ICC is to South Africa and the region in general. He also…

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MEC Oupa Khoabane

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Free State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) this week launched a community outreach programme called the Land Care Community Project at the Kroonstad Commonage. The project is aimed at optimising the productivity and sustainability of natural resources in order to ensure improved food security, create jobs and improve people’s living standards by eradicating invasive alien plants such as Acacia Karoo and Asparagus Laricinus Bush. The Weekly’s Martin Makoni spoke to the DARD MEC Oupa Khoabane during the launch on the importance of the programme to the Free State and how it was expected to be implemented in different…

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