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President of South Africa says he will not tolerate illegal land grabs

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Staff Writer | January 17, 2019
Cyril Ramaphosa
Africa   President Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa said that the South African government would forge ahead with the policy of expropriating land without compensation, but said that wholesale expropriation and illegal land grabs would not be allowed.

The President said it would be done in line with the decision taken at [the African National Congress national conference at] Nasrec that it must not tamper with agricultural production and It must create greater growth of the economy and ensure food security.

"The issue of the expropriation of land without compensation has always been part of the Constitutional construct that we have, and the current process is just to make it clear.

"If you read the Expropriation Bill very carefully, you will see how it will take place. We will not depart from using the clear prescripts as outlined in the Constitution. We will not allow land grabs. It will be done in the most orderly manner."

Ramaphosa was speaking at a breakfast meeting with TeamSA about the country's message as he prepares to lead a delegation of leaders to the World Economic Forum (WEF) taking place in Davos, Switzerland, next week.


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