JOHANNESBURG, Sept. 15 — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Friday that his land reform program will not be chaotic but will instead “advance economic development in the country.”
“We will seek to ensure that, as we did in 1994 when we crafted our constitution, we will take into account the interests of all the people of our beloved land,” Ramaphosa told members of the diplomatic corps at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation in Pretoria.
“This process is aimed at advancing economic development in our country, to increase agricultural production, and to ensure there is food security,” he said.
“You are all aware that there is a national debate that is raging in a wonderful way in South Africa on land reform,” Ramaphosa said. “This debate has attracted a lot of attention in our country and we have noticed that it has also drawn a lot of attention in other countries as well.”
“This is one of a series of measures we are undertaking to accelerate land reform to correct historical injustice,” he said.
Ramaphosa said South Africa would find a positive solution to the current land reform debate.
“The land reform process will be undertaken in an orderly manner, a manner that advances the interests of all our people and not just a few,” he said.