President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned that land reform has the potential to threaten South Africa’s democracy if it’s not properly handled.

He was delivering the keynote address at Reconciliation Day celebrations at the Walter Sisulu University Stadium in Mthatha, Eastern Cape.

Thousands of people are attending the celebrations at the stadium where a huge marquee has been erected.

Ramaphosa says access to land is central to enhancing food security and nation-building.

“It enables people to gain and develop productive assets and to participate more meaningfully in the economy of their country. Land reform is therefore part and parcel of their whole project of nation-building. It is key to furthering reconciliation in our country. Accelerated land reform has the potential to improve goodwill between the people of our country.”

Ramaphosa says land reform can also help to bring about social cohesion and reconciliation in the country…

“Land reform is there fore part and parcel of the whole project of nation building. It is key to furthering reconciliation in our country, and is central to eliminating inequality in our society. Far from being a measure that will fuel tension or set race relations back. Accelerated land reform has the potential to improve goodwill between the people of our country.”

 

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