- On Wednesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to "escalate the pace" of redistributing land.
- He was addressing Parliament and said that the issue would need to be handled carefully
- He added that land grabs were illegal and land reform would happen in a way that increased food production
President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned that sensitivity around the land reform issue would "implode" unless it was addressed quickly.
"We must -- given the history we have had -- work with urgency to significantly and sustainably escalate the pace of land reform," Ramaphosa told Parliament.
"If we do not do so, this problem that has stayed with us as a nation for hundreds of years… will implode in our hands.
"This is the historic task that we have as South Africans to address this question once and for all."
The radical Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) opposition party has encouraged supporters to seize property, but Ramaphosa warned against illegal occupation, Briefly.co.za gathered.
"We cannot have a situation where we allow land grabs because that is anarchy," he said. "We will not allow land grabs, we will not allow land invasions."
The ANC has backed expropriation of land without compensation, and lawmakers last month backed a motion that could lead to constitutional changes over land reform.
Ramaphosa is seen as a pro-business reformist after Jacob Zuma's graft-tainted rule.
Describing land dispossession as South Africa's "original sin", Ramaphosa said he was committed "to a comprehensive land reform programme that corrects the historical injustices of land dispossession".
Ramaphosa has supported land expropriation without compensation as long as it increases food production.
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