- President Ramaphosa believes the key to restoring dignity to African people lies in sweeping land reforms
- The president said the dispossession of land stripped Africans of their assets and dignity
- Ramaphosa pointed out that because of this land reform was key to building a peaceful and prosperous South Africa
President Cyril Ramaphosa believes sweeping and comprehensive land reforms will be key in restoring the dignity of millions of Africans. Ramaphosa said the dispossession of land carried out by the apartheid government stripped millions of black people –African, Indian and coloured – of not only their land but also their dignity.
Ramaphosa said black people were dumped into generations of poverty because of dispossession. He pointed out that this loss had manifested itself in violent tendencies which had no notion of peace. Ramaphosa believes because of this land reform is the key to building a peaceful and prosperous South Africa.
Ramaphosa said land reforms would also allow South Africa to finally heal from the wounds of the past and move forward as the united society which Nelson Mandela had envisioned. He said it was against this backdrop which people should look at why the government wanted to accelerate land reform.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ramaphosa made the passionate speech at the eighth annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town.
TimesLive.co.za reported that Ramaphosa said land reform would deliver a double whammy of increased economic development and large-scale social justice reforms in the country.
Ramaphosa repeated his long-held belief that land reform can and will provide a significant economic boost to the country rather than damaging the economy.
Providing land for those in urban areas which would provide easy, quick and cheap access to employment opportunities and providing emerging farmers with proper support to enable their success was according to Ramaphosa a moral and economic must.
EWN.co.za reported that Ramaphosa said the government could no longer afford to do nothing about the millions of South Africans who were still struggling in dire poverty. Ramaphosa said it was important for the country as a whole for those millions to become economically active.
Unlike his predecessor former president Jacob Zuma, Ramaphosa received a standing ovation from the crowd. Capetonians have over the years been notoriously frosty towards ANC leaders but Ramaphosa seems to be bucking that trend.
The president also spoke about women and child abuse, something of a hot-button topic in the Western Cape, during his address.
Ramaphosa said South Africa could not consider itself to be a modern, free and equal society while the current social norm allowed for women to be abused, neglected, diminished, exploited or discriminated against.
The president said society needed to make significant and fundamental changes in how it thought about women and children. Ramaphosa called for far-reaching programs which would educate each person in the country and reach every relationship in the home, school and business environment.
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