Sisulu urges international community to back land reform

File: International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has urged foreign governments to support land reform as a way to reverse the legacy of apartheid. Photo: eNCA/Bafana Nzimande

JOHANNESBURG - International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is appealing to the international community not to panic over the planned changes to land reform policy.

She says all stakeholders must respect parliamentary processes.

"The international community played an important role in the fight against apartheid and all its repressive and discriminatory policies. We invite members of the international community to continue supporting our efforts to reverse the legacy of apartheid"," Sisulu said in a statement. 

The National Assembly passed a motion to review a section of the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.

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Just days afterwards, a member of the European Parliament asked Britain's Foreign Secretary, Janice Atkinson, to get involved.

She called EFF leader Julius Malema a dangerous individual, who encourages farm terror and murder.

At a rally on Sunday, Malema repeated his party's commitment to the return of land to black people.

Sisulu said that President Cyril Ramaphosa remains committed to engage all stakeholders.


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