In the bid to restore peace in South Africa, the ruling African National Congress (ANC), under the newly elected members of the executive council (NEC) have vowed to make the land reform a reality.
ANC’s new President Cyril Ramaphosa, during his inaugural speech, vowed to take a strong stance on corruption and the issue of land reform and redistribution.
He said the ANC has heard the aspirations, hopes, wishes, cries and concerns of the South African people through the voices of the delegates representing their people from the length and breadth of the country and thus, have decided to act accordingly in order to ensure that peace is restored in the country.
“The African National Congress wishes to send a clear message to all South Africans that we are resolved to be a more responsive and more accountable leadership and movement.”
“We will accelerate our programme of land reform and rural development as part of our programme of radical socio-economic transformation,” he said.
Cyril Ramaphosa’s renewed assurance on land redistribution follows a statement by the Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, pointing out that peace will be restored in the country only when lands reforms are put in place.
Redebe who was speaking at the final Progressive Business Forum breakfast part of the ANC’s 54th national conference on Wednesday, urged the new ANC leadership to prioritise the land reform programme and make it work fast enough for the benefit of every South African.
Referring also to the 1913 Land Act, the minister explained that clarity needs to be reached soon. “Without addressing this historic injustice, we will never have peace in the country.”
Others to be equally prioritised, according to him, include the transference of title deeds. The government has established a task team which includes Minister of Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu and North West premier Supra Mahumapelo to “accelerate” the rollout of the programme.
Meanwhile, the ANC president Ramaphosa said that the Conference has resolved that the expropriation of land without compensation should be among the mechanisms available to the government to give effect to land reform and redistribution.
He said the delegates also resolved that in determining the mechanisms of implementation, they must ensure that they do not undermine the economy, agricultural production and food security.
“As the ANC, we have been the central driver of progress in our country and the economy over the last 23 years. Our efforts have been aimed at eradicating poverty, inequality and reducing unemployment, ” Cyril said.
It’s been earlier argued that expropriation of land without compensation will not only affect farmers or those in rural areas but has the potential to snowball into a situation that will touch all South Africans. However, the ANC has vowed to make the land reform possible in the way it would not further affect the nation’s economy.