- President Cyril Ramaphosa says the ANC is on a mission concerning land expropriation without compensation
- The ruling party wants to focus on providing land to the youth and women
- However, a report claims that 80% of beneficiaries are male, mostly wealthy businessmen
The ruling party is committed to providing land to those who need it, especially women and young citizens.
This is according to President Cyril Ramaphosa, who says the ANC is pro-expropriation without compensation.
Speaking during the ANC's January 8 statement in Kimberley today, Ramaphosa said that:
“More than a century after its enactment, the Natives’ Land Act continues to define much of the landscape of our country. It is to address this persistent injustice, that we are proceeding with the implementation of an accelerated land reform programme – which includes the mechanism of expropriation without compensation – to provide land to those who work it and who need it, including young people and women.”
Supporters were told that all legislative efforts to accelerate the return of the land to the people:
“Land reform needs to be closely tied to integrated spatial development to ensure that both rural and urban dwellers live in sustainable human settlements located close to economic opportunities and social infrastructure."
BusinessLIVE noted that a report released by researcher at the University of Western Cape last year had revealed that half of the citizens who obtained leases on farms were wealthy black businessmen and the majority ( 80%) of the beneficiaries had been male.
The president also noted the prolonged drought in multiple regions, saying it had severely affected agriculture:
“We similarly need to act decisively to protect our scarce water resources, ensure that all have equitable access and respond to the devastating effects of successive droughts. Such action is essential to ensure the development of our economy and the realisation of the constitutional right of all South Africans to sufficient food and water.”
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