Cyril Ramaphosa has established a reputation for himself as one of the great orators in South African politics (he’s no Willie Madisha, mind). The president addressed the farming community of Stellenbosch on Tuesday afternoon at the Beyerskloof Wine Estate, where he got a little creative with his language.
The tightrope Ramaphosa must walk on land reform is nothing more than a thin thread. There’s no single outcome that will keep everyone happy, but he’s promised to do things by the book. As EWN report, Cyril told his audience that expropriation without compensation for land will only take place in a “constitutional” manner:
“Let us look at land reform in a positive way, rather than a negative way. The land reform process is something we should never fear. It is going to be done in terms of the Constitution.”
Of course, this is a topic that is rooted in racial history. Land expropriation has been the elephant in the room for the ANC since they came to power in 1994. It was only in 2017 that the party resolved to firmly push for the non-compensatory model, which has sparked concerns across many different sections of society.
With white-owned land set to be the main target of expropriation, some South Africans have taken exception to this and have vowed to leave the country. However, it isn’t just redistribution that has these citizens spooked.
As we reported on Tuesday, around 400 000 of skilled white workers are
“I don’t want white, young South Africans to leave the country. And if I could, I’d tie them down to a tree and say don’t leave, I want you here in this country. So, I want all the skills.”
Cyril continues on the campaign trail this Wednesday, before heading for a crunch meeting with the residents of Alexandra in Johannesburg. Residents of the Alex Total Shutdown movement have been protesting since last week, demanding a solution to overcrowding in the already-packed township. It’ll be a huge change of scenery from Stellenbosch, that’s for sure.