Cyril Ramaphosa says land grabs won't happen in South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa says land grabs won't happen in South Africa

- Cyril Ramaphosa has said that land reform will be handled with "seriousness" and delicacy

- He said that land reform policies would serve all South Africans

- However, he did not provide any specific policy proposals to ensure this

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Cyril Ramaphosa has said that land grabs will never take place in South Africa. The president made the comments at a campaign event in Lynnwood near Pretoria.

He said that "the rule of law must apply" when addressing land reform.

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This follows the presidential advisory panel on land reform submitting its final report, despite two of its members abstaining and expressing concern about the consequences of land expropriation.

The issue has since come to dominate the political landscape, with both the ANC and EFF saying they want to amend the Constitution in order to allow for expropriation without compensation. 

The proposals have spooked many foreign investors, but Ramaphosa appeared to be trying to set them at ease.

He said that land reform would be handled with "seriousness" and "delicacy", according to The Citizen. However, he did not outline any specific policy proposals that would ensure this.

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In his Lynnwood address, Ramaphosa claimed that the land that would be expropriated was for communal rather than private ownership, but also did not provide more specifics. 

He added that he was discussing the issue with the Lynnwood residents in an attempt to "engage with diverse sectors" of South African society. 

He said that government needed to serve the interests of all citizens, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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