President Ramaphosa wants women to be central to land reform debate

President Ramaphosa wants women to be central to land reform debate

- President Cyril Ramaphosa has commented on the land reform issue in South Africa

- The politician is adamant that reform will be carried out according to ANC policies

- Following the party's lekgotla, Ramaphosa announced that women would lead the implementation process

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has commented on the highly-anticipated land reform process.

Following the ANC's lekgotla over the past weekend, the president said that reform will be conducted according to the party's 54th elective conference resolutions, reports SABC.

Speaking during a media briefing on the outcomes of the lekgotla, Ramaphosa revealed women will led the way as reform is implemented:

“The advancement of women in land reform and women must be considered especially in communal land and regards to ownership of land. And women of our country, must be at the centre of the land debate. Trade agreements with other countries should also prioritise black emerging farmers.”

READ ALSO: EFF calls on public to comment on quietly-published land reform bill

The president explained that reform should be viewed as a business capable of benefiting numerous citizens economically. The endeavour should be considered a partnership between the state and other stakeholders. reported that the Economic Freedom Fighters had called on citizens to comment on the recently released land reform bill, with the opportunity to weigh in closing at the end of January.

In a statement on the situation, the Red Berets called for public participation on the 'historic victory':

“We invite all progressive peoples, movements, organisations and formations to send comments in support of the expropriation of land without compensation. This is the historic victory we all need as a country for true total decolonisation to occur."

The EFF reiterated its call for the Constitution to be amended to allow for expropriation without compensation:

“The principle is simple, the Constitution must be amended to include [an] explicit cause that land must be expropriated, without compensation."

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