South Africans are so focused on land expropriation without compensation and the uncertainty of what would happen to the country has some going crazy.
The government's land reform plans have many South Africans concerned over what would happen to the country and unanswered question about it has led many to believe SA would turn into a second Zimbabwe.
But, according to GoodThingsGuy, Ramaphosa set the record straight on several concerns surrounding land expropriation.
So, Briefly.co.za decided to gather six facts about land reform.
1. It is about correcting what's wrong
Many people feared land expropriation would mean the end of property rights, but Ramaphosa added it was not about taking away from people but ensuring all South Africans had equal rights.
"The proposals will not erode property rights, but will instead ensure that the rights of all South Africans, and not just those who currently own land, are strengthened,” he said.
2. SA is not turning into Zimbabwe
Many citizens are drawing comparisons between South Africa and Zimbabwe, since land reform failed miserably in the neighbouring country.
However, Ramaphosa said SA learned from other countries' failure and would make sure not to repeat the mistakes they made.
“We need to use every inch of underutilised land for our people to live on and to farm. We have a responsibility, imposed on us by the Constitution, to ensure that all South Africans have security of tenure."
"While extending title deeds to a greater number of households is a priority, we should also secure less expensive and less complicated forms of tenure for households in informal settlements, in rental arrangements and in areas of communal land tenure."
"We need to develop a continuum of use and ownership tenure rights."
"We are committed to using expropriation, where appropriate, to achieve social and economic spatial transformation in towns and cities.”
3. It is necessary to change the constitution
Ramaphosa said changing the constitution was just to give the ANC, and the country, clarification and certainty when it comes to land reform.
“The proposed amendment would need to reinforce the fundamental principles of the property clause, which, among other things, prohibits the arbitrary deprivation of property and holds that expropriation is possible in the public interest subject to just and equitable compensation," Ramaphosa said.
4. Private land owners can relax
According to Ramaphosa, private land it not the focus of land reform, at least not the land used commercially.
“There have been several suggestions on when expropriation without compensation may be justified. These include, for instance, unused land, derelict buildings, purely speculative land holdings, or circumstances where occupiers have strong historical rights and title holders do not occupy or use their land, such as labour tenancy, informal settlements and abandoned inner-city buildings,” Ramaphosa said.
5. It is not happening overnight
Land reform is going to take place overtime and it would be a long-term investment. The government would not just give land away and then leave the farmers alone.
“It is essential that support is given to beneficiaries of land redistribution through financing, training, market access, irrigation and the provision of seeds, fertiliser and equipment, all of which contribute to the sustainability of emerging agricultural enterprises,” he said.
6. It necessary for reconciliation in SA
It is important that the majority gets the opportunities that they were robbed of during the apartheid era in order to make reconciliation possible.
“For the South African economy to reach its full potential, it is necessary to significantly narrow gaps in income, skills, assets and opportunities,” the president said.
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