- President Cyril Ramaphosa believes South Africa will become unstable if the government fails to successfully implement land expropriation without compensation
- The president said black farmers were demanding access to land and failing to address this demand would be devastating to the country
- Ramaphosa said land expropriation without compensation was only a part of his administration’s plan to enact sweeping land reforms in the country
On Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his believe that South Africa would become unstable if the ANC-led government failed to successfully implement sweeping land reforms which include expropriating land without compensation.
He said there was a real risk of instability surrounding the land issues in the country. Ramaphosa said black farmers were demanding access to land and failing to address this demand could have potentially devastating consequences for the country.
Ramaphosa made the comments during a gala dinner which was hosted by African Farmers’ Association of South Africa (Afasa) at the Agribusiness Transformation Conference in Johannesburg.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ramaphosa said his administration’s move to expedite sweeping land reforms in the country would actually bring stability to the country.
He added that expropriation without compensation was not the be all and end all of the government’s land reform policy but was one of several mechanisms to ensure effective and successful land reform.
Ramaphosa noted that while land reform was important it was also critical to provide all South Africans with a sense of stability in terms of their right to own property.
Timeslive.co.za reported that Ramaphosa welcomed the current robust and at times fractious debates around land ownership in the country. He said this debate was forcing South Africans to confront historical injustices.
Ramaphosa said it was to be expected that some quarters of society would be frightened by the prospect of land expropriation. He took a swipe at AfriForum by saying that some quarters of society had even tried to sell a false narrative abroad.
Ramaphosa said those who owned land were slowly waking up to the fact that they could have benefited unfairly from that land and how it came to their possession. He said this conversation had not taken place at any stage in the post 1994 era and should be welcomed as an opportunity for South Africans to unite as one.
The president said it was important for the future unity of the country that the current land reform process was completed with all due responsibility and care. Ramaphosa said redressing land ownership would help to heal the wounds of the past and enable South Africa to move towards a brighter and more inclusive future.
Earlier during the same dinner, Ramaphosa praised Afasa for changing the perceptions which many people had about black farmers and through various projects proving that black farmers could successfully contribute to food and economic security.
He said the organisation had successfully challenged what it means to be farmer in South Africa in the seven years since it was established.
Ramaphosa said his administration was committed to supporting emerging black farmers as much as possible in order to ensure their success which would contribute to the success of the nation as a whole.
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