File: President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised to address Mahikeng residents' concerns when he meets with the ANC's top six on Monday.
JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa will never be a united nation unless the land issue is addressed.
He was speaking at the African National Congress (ANC)&39;s first Land Summit in Boksburg on Gauteng’s East Rand on Saturday.
It comes after Parliament voted in favour of amending the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.
"Without redistribution of land, we will not be able to build a united South Africa," Ramaphosa said.
"Without giving the poor the means to productively work and farm the land, we will not be able to defeat poverty. There is a strong moral imperative that drives this effort."
Ramaphosa applauded South Africans for their active participation in the land debate.
"The fact that well over 140,000 submissions have been given to Parliament is indicative of the importance South Africans attach to this debate," the president added.
Ramaphosa The decision of ANC54 to use expropriation without compensation as a mechanism for land reform has ignited a vibrant and exciting debate within society. pic.twitter.com/IVVKQkabZp— African National Congress (@MYANC) May 19, 2018
Ramaphosa Critically, we must give attention to the support that needs to be provided to beneficiaries of land redistribution. LandSummit— African National Congress (@MYANC) May 19, 2018
ANC NEC is currently holding its Land Summit workshop in Birchwood hotel , Boksburg pic.twitter.com/HaZgqhgtHF— African National Congress (@MYANC) May 19, 2018