Date of Meeting: 21 October 2015
Chairperson: Mr B Martins (ANC)
The Committee continued deliberations on the official list of committee proposed amendments to the Bill (A-list) accompanied by the B version which incorporated all the proposed amendments into the Bill. Chapter 4 on Intention to Expropriate and Expropriation of Property was completed.
A DA member suggested that the Department should add the date of expropriation which should not be earlier than 90 days from the date of such service in clause 8(3)(e) and (f) so as to indicate an appropriate timeframe for the transfer of ownership and possession. The Parliamentary Legal Adviser maintained that the matter had already been covered in clause 9(2)(a) and 9(4) and there was no need for it to be repeated. Members wanted clarity on clause 9(1) particularly where the property to be expropriated was under a mortgage bond. The Department explained that clause 9(1)(a) made it clear that the property is released from the mortgage bond on the date of expropriation; therefore, the owner’s responsibility to pay the mortgage bond is suspended. It was important not to confuse date of possession with the date of expropriation.
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