- President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday condemned the land invasions taking place near Pretoria
- Ramaphosa said the government would not tolerate disorder and lawlessness of that type
- Gauteng Premier David Makhura said the invaders were not local, homeless people and seemed to be organised
President Cyril Ramaphosa issued a stern warning to anyone who plans to illegally invade or occupy land. The president said his government would not tolerate disorder and lawlessness of that type.
Ramaphosa made the comments on Sunday while on a voter registration drive. He was commenting on the apparent invasion of a vacant plot of land near Centurion, Pretoria.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura said the invaders did not appear to be local, homeless or landless people and the group looked organised.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ramaphosa was not impressed with the land invasion and said anyone who thought about grabbing or occupying land illegally would quickly learn that the government would not tolerate such behaviour.
Land has become an emotive issue in South Africa in recent weeks. Parliament recently adopted a motion which could lead to amendments to the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.
Ramaphosa has repeatedly said the policy would only become law if South Africa can implement it within the scope of the law and without threatening food security or other sectors of the economy.
The ANC has failed to redress the land issue in the nearly 24 years since becoming the ruling party, this has led to widespread dissatisfaction among voters.
Ramaphosa told a church service: “We are now in healing mode. God is addressing our problems, he is addressing our challenges.”
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