“Land announcement made in my capacity as ANC president”

President Cyril Ramaphosa
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has stressed that the announcement he had made on the expropriation of land without compensation was in his capacity as African National Congress (ANC) leader and that it was not aimed at pre-empting the parliamentary process on the amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution.

Ramaphosa was answering oral questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

He says there is a demand from people for land reform to move with speed. The President says under the current process, it will take time for government to achieve its target due to budgetary constraints.

The President says just like all other political parties, the ANC also has a position on this matter. “I made the announcement as the president of the ANC just as any leader of parties that are here have been able to speak about this issue but the ANC being the majority party has all the rights to give leadership in the country about what needs to be done. That’s precisely what needs to be done, you may not like it but that’s what it is.”

He says if the current land reform process continues, it would take about 75 to 100 years before government achieves its objectives on land redistribution.

Ramaphosa says people are demanding speedier progress with land reform.

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