- Chinese President Xi Jinping is the latest world-leader to give his support to President Ramaphosa’s land reform policy
- Ramaphosa is currently in China on an official state visit
- The South African president has managed to turn the international tide in favour of land reforms, last week British Prime Minister Theresa May gave her support to the policy
Chinese President Xi Jinping is the latest world leader to give his support to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s land reform policy. Jinping told Ramaphosa on Sunday that he and China stood behind the proposed reforms which Jinping said were needed to transform land ownership in South Africa.
Ramaphosa said Jinping had shown extraordinary support for the land reform process and told him to ensure that South Africa is truly transformed and that the current land-ownership patterns are corrected when the policy is implemented.
Ramaphosa is currently in Beijing on his first official state visit to China. Ramaphosa said he had started making good progress in allaying international fears about what land expropriation without compensation would mean in South Africa.
Briefly.co.za gathered that British Prime Minister Theresa May gave her backing to Ramaphosa’s plans. May said after she had met with Ramaphosa it had become clear that the process would be handled carefully and her government would support legal and transparent land reforms.
The backing Ramaphosa has received from Jinping and May stands in stark contrast to the view held by US President Donald Trump. Trump enraged ordinary South Africans and political leaders from across the political spectrum when he tweeted about investigating the land crisis in South Africa.
EWN.co.za reported that Ramaphosa once again lashed out at Trump and those who are trying to propagate a false narrative about the policy.
Ramaphosa said there were those at home and abroad who were hell-bent on spreading misinformation and lies about the policy.
Ramaphosa told Chinese business leaders that land reform was necessary to undo the original sin which dispossessed millions of black South Africans of their rightful land. He said this dispossession had caused racial oppression and that it was a found which needed to be closed for South Africa to become truly united.
Ramaphosa is in China with several members of his cabinet. The delegation hopes to strengthen relations between the two countries and Ramaphosa hopes to secure investment from Chinese companies.
Ramaphosa will co-chair the China-South Africa Cooperation forum which takes place on Monday. The summit is hosted annually by China and serves as a platform for the Chinese government to promote its development plans in Africa.
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