By Dumezweni Ndweni
JOHANNESBURG: The president also said that land is fundamentally an economic resource that has been employed to serve the interests of a narrow section of a society.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says without the redistribution of land we will not be able to build a united South Africa. Ramaphosa was speaking at the African National Congress (ANC) Land Summit in Ekurhuleni on 19 May.
The land issue has been a heated one in parliament, university lectures and social media sites in recent times in South Africa. Parliament also voted in favour of the amendment of the Constitution in order to allow land expropriation without compensation.
”Without giving the poor means to productively work and farm the land, we will not be able to defeat poverty,” Ramaphosa said.
Ramaphosa also reinforced the central ideas which his organisation was formed. “From it’s formation the ANC has fought for the return of the land to its rightful owners. Addressing the land question we are engaged in the efforts to undo a grave historical injustice,” Ramaphosa said.
The president also said that land is fundamentally an economic resource that has been employed to serve the interests of a narrow section of a society.