- Deputy President David Mabuza has announced that the state is ready to start its land reform programme
- Mabuza confirmed that 278 pieces of land have been earmarked for redistribution, with some in the Western Cape
- The ANC deputy insisted that there is no cause for farmers to panic, adamant that the injustices of apartheid will not be allowed to rise up once more
David Mabuza has revealed that the government is all systems go to begin its land reform programme, including land expropriation without compensation.
However, the land will not simply be handed over to citizens, with government support promised to help ensure it remains productive:
"When land is restored to its rightful owners, we have an obligation to ensure that every piece of restituted land remains productive and accrues economic value to those who own it and to the whole country."
The land issue in South Africa has been subjected to rigorous debate, but Mabuza is adamant the motion must be allowed to go forward, saying that:
"There can't be any qualms about this land, people were dispossessed. Can't we as a country agree that we must do right to this wrong that was done?"
Briefly.co.za gathered that thus far, according to the Deputy President's address, the majority of the land for redistribution will be government-owned property:
"In the land reform IMC, we are also dealing with parcels of land that are owned by government, some of them are here in the Western Cape. We've been assisted by the Department of Public Works, the Minister has moved quickly to release 100 parcels of land."
As for the farmers who had previously expressed fears over instability in the agricultural sector should land expropriation without compensation move forward, Mabuza said:
“I want to say to our farmers, commercial farmers, white farmers, there is no need to panic. We are going to keep you here. We need your skills but let's remember that some people were dispossessed, let’s make right what was made wrong.”
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