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Land expropriation: Ramaphosa pledges to return land back to ‘rightful owners’

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The South African government will return the land taken from Africans during apartheid to its rightful owners, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday, 3 October 2018.

Ramaphosa told hundreds of residents of Franklin Township, outside Kokstad in KwaZulu-Natal province that the African National Congress-led government would “make sure that the land that was taken away will be returned so you cannot continue to stay on farms.”

“The land that was taken from our forefathers‚ we are going to make sure that it’s returned back to your hands. We want you to have your own farms and own land,” Ramaphosa said during a ceremony to handover title deeds to 450 beneficiaries of a housing development project in the area.

The houses, worth R40 million (approximately US$2.85 million), were built by the Greater Kokstad Municipality in conjunction with KwaZulu-Natal’s Department of Human Settlements.

The housing estate was intended to benefit people who live on farms.

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