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Cyril Ramaphosa: It is not government’s intention to go and grab land

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Cyril Ramaphosa, who is the South African President, was quoted in several news outlets on Saturday, 7 July 2018.

Below is a selection of Cyril Ramaphosa quotes attributed to him on Saturday, including his clarification that it is not the government’s intention to grab land from traditional authorities in South Africa.

“It is not government’s intention to go and grab land from rural communities, land that is under the control of traditional leaders.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, Business Day, 7 July 2018

“We have no intention whatsoever to go and grab the land that is under the Ingonyama Trust. Our programme of land redistribution and land reform is going to follow a constitutional process,” “I am going to be meeting with his majesty, the king to address this matter so that whatever fears he and the Zulu nation have should be completely dispelled.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, Business Day, 7 July 2018

“I am going to have a wonderful cup of tea with Isilo [The Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini] and we are going to talk about this matter. We are not targeting communal land; it should continue to be administered by our traditional leaders because they hold that land in custody for our people.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, Times Live, 7 July 2018

“I gave him [Zweliithini] the assurance that we have no intention whatsoever to even touch that land or take it away or grab it from Ingonyama Trust.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, NAMPA, 7 July 2018

“People are tired of having the businesses in our country being run by a minority. Our own people must run their business and we will empower them to do that.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, NAMPA, 7 July 2018

“Our people reside far from workplaces and that simply means having to spend more on travelling and fuel cost. But also small businesses are the engine of growing the economy and job creation‚ which are the objectives of this administration.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, Business Day, 7 July 2018

“We are sorry that it has taken this long for you to own your own home … but today government is living up to its promise to give assets to our people.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, The Citizen, 7 July 2018

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