As part of the ANC’s election campaign, President Cyril Ramaphosa has once again assured the masses that land grabs will never be allowed in South Africa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured South Africans, once again, that the country would never experience chaotic land grabs despite tensions over government’s land reform programme. Ramaphosa was addressing a gathering in Lynnwood, Pretoria, on Monday evening, 29 April 2019, as part of the African National Congress’ (ANC) campaign ahead of the election on 8 May.
“Let’s find solutions together. The one thing that I’ve always said, that will never be allowed, is to have land grabs. We are going to solve this problem working together and finding solutions that are fit for South Africa. As South Africans, we have been able to find solutions for the most difficult and almost intractable problems.
“We have great minds in our nation, and those great minds are going to be put to work to make sure that we do find solutions. Much as we live in a country where there is private ownership, we also have a hybrid type of system. There is private ownership and communal ownership. The land being claimed is for communal ownership and the Constitution recognises that,” Ramaphosa said.
Several people in the audience asked about the land redistribution programme being pushed by the ANC and, as with his visit to the Beyerskloof Wine Estate in early April 2019, Ramaphosa emphasised the provision of the Constitution when it comes to land ownership in the country.
“We have always been saying we have a Constitution, and there is a constitutional process that is now under way. The Constitution is what we are going to adhere to. We are law abiding, and the rule of law must apply. This matter is going to be handled with the seriousness, and with the delicacy it requires. We have to secure the interests of all South Africans,” he said.