No single answer to South Africa's land questions: Ramaphosa

No single answer to South Africa's land questions: Ramaphosa

- President Cyril Ramaphosa said there is no single answer to the many questions surrounding the issue of land reform

- The president said the process requires a range of interventions to address a diversity of needs across a wide range of circumstances

- The ANC held it’s first Land Summit in Boksburg on Saturday continuing on Sunday

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President Cyril Ramaphosa, speaking at the ANC's first Land Summit in Boksburg on Saturday, said it was clear that there isn’t just one answer to the multitude of issues that are connected to land reform in the country. reported on Saturday that the ruling party had held a meeting where policy makers and stakeholders could meet to discuss the issue of land in the country.

Reportedly the party was divided on whether there was a need to change the constitution of the land to pave the way for land expropriation without compensation.

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Some party members feel such a measure isn’t necessary due to their already existing in the constitution the means to expropriate land. However, senior members within the party have not seen eye to eye on, particularly on section 25 of the Constitution.

During the December conference last year, expropriation without compensation was debated at length with supporters of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma largely winning many of the debates despite Ramaphosa winning the leadership of the party.

Fast forward a few months, and, despite the party resolving to change the constitution, there remains a division in the party line about this contentious issue, hence the need for the summit, which continued on Sunday.

Ramaphosa said it seemed clear that different avenues would need to be explored, as well as a variety of programmes and suggestions from various sectors of society involved in finding the way.

He said above all, programs were necessary to help emerging agricultural enterprises.

“Without giving the poor the means to productively work and farm the land, we will not be able to defeat poverty,” explained the president who stressed that land expropriation without compensation was a powerful transformational instrument towards economic transformation.

“When you allocate land close to urban centres for housing for the poor and when you provide our people with serviced sites and title deeds to their homes, you unlock the economic value of that land.”

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