President Cyril Ramaphosa has spoken out against fear-mongering and what he names as “swart gevaar” calls in the debate on land expropriation without compensation.

He has called on South Africans to contribute meaningfully to the debate and help find solutions.

The land expropriation without compensation topic has heated debate in recent weeks.

The President is calling for cool heads saying the proposed policy will be done responsibly, ensure food security and will not lead to land grabs.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) which wanted to know how the policy would be implemented was also reminded that Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba supported it.

Zuma’s legal costs

The President also confirmed that the state had paid R15.3 million towards the legal costs of former President Jacob Zuma since 2006.

President Ramaphosa says this was based on an agreement between Zuma and former President Thabo Mbeki in 2006.

The statement didn’t go down well with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

The EFF claims the total legal costs for Zuma amount to R64 million, a figure which President Ramaphosa says he’s not aware of.

The Supreme Court of Appeal last year refused Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority leave to appeal a high court ruling, which set aside a 2009 decision to drop the charges related to the arms deal.

Financial Mail journalist Karyn Maughan speaks to SABC News about former President’s legal Costs.

Former President Zuma could find as early as this week if and when he might go on trial. This after the ConCourt dismissed CASAC’s application to delay prosecution boss Shaun Abrahams from announcing the decision.