- President Cyril Ramaphosa used an address at the United Nations to reassure world leaders that South African would deal with land reform in a lawful and democratic way
- Ramaphosa took a dig at US President Donald Trump over his now infamous tweet regarding land reform and said Trump was ill-informed on the subject
- The president said South Africa would find a typically South African way to deal with the land issue and would be guided by the example set by Nelson Mandela
President Cyril Ramaphosa used an address at the United Nations (UN) in New York City to not only reassure leaders from across the globe that South Africa would deal with land reforms in a lawful and democratic manner, but he also took a dig at US President Donald Trump.
Ramaphosa could not resist the urge to take a dig at Trump’s now infamous tweet about land reform in South Africa being the cause behind the “large-scale murder of white farmers.” Ramaphosa said Trump was ill-informed and should have taken the time to get better information before posting the tweet.
Ramaphosa said Trump should have approached the South African government for a true reflection of the state of land reform in the country which would have saved Trump’s tweet from inflaming South Africans from across the political spectrum.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ramaphosa said if he were to meet Trump during his three-day visit to the UN he would tell the US president that South Africa would deal with land reform in a typically South African way and would use the democratic example set by the great Nelson Mandela as a guide.
eNCA.com reported that Ramaphosa was referring to Trump’s tweet in August in which he said the land reform process in South Africa was of great concern to him and he would instruct his foreign minister to investigate the matter.
Ramaphosa told the gathering of global leaders that South Africa was more than capable of resolving the land reform process in its own way. Ramaphosa said the country would apply the same democratic resolution to land reforms which had successfully ended apartheid.
Thesouthafrican.com reported that while Ramaphosa made it sound like he was keen to meet with Trump in a face to face meeting, no such meeting has been scheduled.
South Africa’s minister of international relations and cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu is scheduled to meet with the American secretary of state (foreign minister) Mike Pompeo to discuss land reform and the true state of farm attacks in South Africa.
Meanwhile, Ramaphosa once again took the opportunity to try and reassure foreign investors that the land reform process would not impact South Africa’s economic stability and would actually make the country in more attractive investment destination in the future.
Earlier Ramaphosa unveiled a statue of Nelson Mandela which now stands proudly at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
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