No need to panic over land re­form says Ramaphosa

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Or­rin Singh

PRES­I­DENT Cyril Ramaphosa has once again as­sured South Africans that there is no need to panic over the is­sue of land claims in the coun­try.

Ad­dress­ing the Good Fri­day ser­vice at the Covenant Fel­low­ship Church in eSikhaleni last week, Ramaphosa re­it­er­ated that ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion will be im­ple­mented in a way that in­creases agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion, im­proves food se­cu­rity and en­sures that the land is re­turned to those from whom it was taken under colo­nial­ism and apartheid.

His sen­ti­ments were ex­pressed fol­low­ing a stir caused when he was spot­ted fly­ing econ­omy class to Dur­ban ear­lier that morn­ing.

‘We are not go­ing to steal or grab land, but we must en­sure our peo­ple get back their birth right to un­lock great ben­e­fits.

‘Black peo­ple must be­come the own­ers and the con­trollers and the man­agers of the coun­try’s wealth.

‘In the time past‚ the coun­try’s wealth was in white hands‚ con­trolled by whites and owned by whites.

‘We say this new pe­riod in which we are must re­sult in a demon­stra­ble change.

‘We must change the struc­ture of our econ­omy‚ econ­omy and wealth must go back to the hands of the peo­ple of SA.’

Re­fer­ring to the ANC’s 54th na­tional con­fer­ence, Ramaphosa said, ‘The land of our fore­fa­thers must be re­turned to our peo­ple with­out com­pen­sa­tion. The land is the birth right of our peo­ple.’

He fur­ther ad­dressed the is­sue of un­em­ploy­ment, not­ing that at least 60% of peo­ple who are un­em­ployed are the youth of our coun­try.

Ramaphosa said that one way of ad­dress­ing this is by root­ing out cor­rup­tion.

‘We must put our old ways be­hind us.

‘Where there was cor­rup­tion‚ we must say good­bye to cor­rup­tion in the state-owned en­ter­prises so that they work for the peo­ple.

‘Where there was steal­ing of the re­sources of our peo­ple‚ we must say good­bye to those ways and put them be­hind us, and where there were peo­ple who were steal­ing the re­sources of our coun­try‚ they must be dealt with severely be­cause we don’t want cor­rup­tion in our coun­try.

‘They must ad­dress the is­sues of poverty‚ they must ad­dress the is­sues of job cre­ation‚ they must ad­dress the is­sues of in­equal­ity.

‘All those state owned en­ter­prises should not ad­vance the in­ter­ests of cer­tain fam­i­lies or cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als,’ Ramaphosa said.

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa at the Good Fri­day ser­vice at the Covenant Fel­low­ship Church in eSikhaleni last week

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