Ramaphosa wants ‘ur­gency’ on land is­sue

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PRES­I­DENT Cyril Ramaphosa has in­vited South Africans to join the party and find so­lu­tions for the land is­sue in­stead of be­ing scared.

On land re­dis­tri­bu­tion, he said South Africa should not re­strict it­self to agri­cul­tural land but it should also take steps to ad­dress prop­erty rights of the peo­ple.

He said land re­form could help trans­form South Africa and heal the wounds of the past.

“This is a time for ev­ery­one to stop pon­tif­i­cat­ing and come with so­lu­tions. We should not re­duce the enor­mous task of land re­form to a de­bate of ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion,” Ramaphosa said.

He said the prop­erty clause in the Bill of Rights was a man­date for rad­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion.

“When it was con­cep­tu­alised, it was con­cep­tu­alised with a view to say­ing we need to change the prop­erty re­la­tions in our coun­try,” he said while an­swer­ing ques­tions for the first time in the Na­tional Assem­bly as the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity to ac­cept the trans­for­ma­tional in­tent of our con­sti­tu­tion. Our Con­sti­tu­tion is a trans­for­ma­tional doc­u­ment.”

Ex­pro­pri­at­ing land with­out com­pen­sa­tion was one of the mech­a­nisms that the gov­ern­ment would use to af­fect land re­form and re­dis­tri­bu­tion, he said.

He said that this year South Africa must work with ur­gency on the process of land re­form and if the coun­try did not do so, then the prob­lem would im­plode.

“This is the his­toric task we have which is to ad­dress this ques­tion once and for all,” Ramaphosa said.

The DA and Free­dom Front Plus did not share Ramaphosa’s views, while Cope leader Mo­siuoa Lekota took the pres­i­dent to task for talk­ing about In­di­ans, coloureds and whites.

Ramaphosa as­sured Free­dom Front Plus leader Pi­eter Groe­newald that the gov­ern­ment would not al­low the po­lice to stand aside in the face of land in­va­sions.

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