CAPE TOWN South
Africa (Xinhua) -- South Africa will
experience instability without a successful land reform,
President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday.
of land redistribution is required to heal the historical
"festering wound" of land dispossession and enable the
transformation and development, the president said in a Q&A
session in Parliament.
Ramaphosa urged Members of Parliament to focus on stability
in the country and on the achievement of development through
He defended his proposal announced in July that the
Constitution be amended to provide clarity on the circumstances
under which land expropriation without compensation could be
It is based on an understanding that the Constitution, as it
currently stands, allows for expropriation without compensation
in certain circumstances, according to Ramaphosa.
"The proposal is intended to make explicit what is currently
implicit in the Constitution," Ramaphosa said.
This announcement does not undermine nor does it preempt the
outcome of the public consultation process, he added.
Parliament has finished public hearings on whether the
Constitution should be amended to cater for land expropriation
Once Parliament has adopted a position on the matter, it will
become the government’s responsibility to implement, Ramaphosa
He reiterated the government’s position that the land reform
should be implemented in a way that increases agricultural
production, improves food security and ensures that the land is
returned to those from whom it was taken under colonialism and
"The acceleration of land redistribution is necessary not
only to redress a grave historical injustice, but also to bring
more producers into the agricultural sector and to make more
land available for cultivation." he said.
United States says land
reform in South Africa
would send the country "down the wrong path"
WASHINGTON United States (Xinhua) --
The U.S. State Department said here on
Thursday that the current land reform policy in South Africa
would send the country "down the wrong path."
Speaking at a press briefing, State Department spokesperson
Heather Nauert said that U.S. President Donald Trump had
discussed South Africa with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and
asked him "to look closely at the current state of action in
South Africa related to land reform."
She said U.S. embassy officials have held meetings with the
South African government over the issue on Thursday, but did not
give more details of the meetings.
Trump tweeted late Wednesday that "I have asked Secretary of
State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm
seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of
farmers," adding that the South African government is "seizing
land from white farmers."
In response, the South African government tweeted that "South
Africa totally rejects this narrow perception which only seeks
to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past ..."
It added that "South Africa will speed up the pace of land
reform in a careful and inclusive manner that does not divide
South Africa says seeking
clarification over Trump’s comments on land reform
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
The South African government is seeking
clarification over U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments about
the land reform taking place in the African country, a cabinet
minister said on Thursday.
This came after Trump tweeted on Wednesday that he has asked
his Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to closely study the South
African land seizures and expropriation, and the large-scale
killing of farmers.
"(The) South African Government is now seizing land from
white farmers," Trump tweeted.
South African Minister of International Relations and
Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu said she had noted "the unfortunate
comments" by Trump.
It is regrettable that the tweet is based on false
information, Sisulu said.
She said she has intrusted the Department of International
Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) to meet with the U.S. embassy
to seek clarification on the matter.
Sisulu said she will also communicate with Pompeo on the
matter through diplomatic channels.
South Africa’s Parliament is accelerating a process to amend
the Constitution to cater for land expropriation without
President Cyril Ramaphosa said Wednesday that South Africa
will experience instability without a successful land reform.
A program of land redistribution is required to heal the
historical "festering wound" of land dispossession and enable
transformation and development, Ramaphosa told MPs in
AgriForum, an association of South African farmers, has
launched an international campaign to get the South African
government to stop its land reform.
The group insists that land expropriation without
compensation will drive away white farmers, kill jobs and
threaten food security.
The government said the land reform should be implemented in
a way that increases agricultural production, improves food
security and ensures that the land is returned to those from
whom it was taken under colonialism and apartheid.
South Africa rejects U.S. President Donald
Trump's farm 'seizure' claims