On Sunday, 23 December 2018, the South African Broadcasting Corporation broadcast a speech by David Mabuza, who is the Deputy President of South Africa.
The issue of land reform has been a contentious topic throughout the whole of 2018, with many questioning what kind of social and economic impact it may have on the country.
Earlier this year, a majority vote led Parliament to adopt a motion aimed at eventually amending the South African Constitution in order to make space for government expropriation of land without compensation.
In his Christmas address, Mabuza claimed that resolving the land issue is core to the nation growing as one in unity.
“As we close this year, we do so with a sense of comfort and encouragement that we are making great strides in resolving the important issue of land. This issue goes to the heart of our very being and our heritage.”
He added that “resolving the land question will contribute eminently to building unity, social cohesion and a sense of common nationhood. In addressing these other challenges, we believe that unity is an important pillar of building an equal society that we shall all strive for. Unity should be our lifelong pursuit for the sake of future generation.”
Watch the video below for the full address.