President Cyril Ramaphosa says the government’s intention to fast track land redistribution through expropriation of land without compensation should not be seen as a threat.

Ramaphosa was speaking during his reply to the State of the Nation debate on Tuesday.

He emphasised once again that land redistribution should be accompanied by improved food security and increased agricultural production.

“No-one is saying that land must be taken away from our people. Rather, it is how we can make sure that our people have equitable access to land and security of tenure. We must see this process of accelerated land redistribution as an opportunity and not as a threat. We must see it as an opportunity to free all of us from the bitterness and pain of the past,” explains Ramaphosa.