During his speech on Reconciliation Day, the president identified radical economic transformation and land reform as key components to the way to a better country for all
Addressing the nation during a speech on Reconciliation Day, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that radical economic transformation and land reform is key to ‘properly and fully reconcile’ the country.
Addressing the crowd the president went on to say that South Africans must consider that the failure of the land issue could threaten the stability of the country.
“We cannot be a reconciled nation for as long as the majority of the people of South Africa continue to suffer from the injustices of the past,” he explained.
He further explained that access to land is a fundamental right the people of SA enjoy, not only empowering communities and workers but also enhancing food security.
Ramaphosa added that it allowed people to not only gain but develop assets.
“Land reform is, therefore, part and parcel of the whole project of nation-building. It is key to furthering reconciliation in our country and is central to eliminating inequality in society.”
The ANC leader put forward that accelerated land reform could well create ‘goodwill’ amongst citizens.
However, despite a comprehensive land reform programme, the president feels that no real progress has been made in the matter. Ramaphosa said that most of the land in South Africa remains in the hands of just a few people.
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