President Cyril Ramaphosa, assured white farmers in the Western Cape that land reform would be done according to the law and there would not be land grabs.
Ramaphosa was addressing white farmers and businesspeople in Stellenbosch.
“I can assure you that the land reform process is something we should never fear. It is to be done in accordance with the rule of law and the Constitution,” Ramaphosa said.
“It is not going to be land grabs where land is grabbed outside of the parameters of law.”
According to Ramaphosa the land reform will be correcting what happened in the past.
He also assured the farmers that the Constitution was the best document that needed to be looked at.
“It talks about the past and future. We need to recognise injustices that happened in the past and be convinced there were horrible injustices.
Ramaphosa lamented the evictions of black farm workers that took place on Western Cape farms, highlighting that the evictions evoked memories of the implementation of the Land Act in 1913.
Responding to a question from one farmer who asked if farmers had a future in the country, Ramaphosa told the audience that the “future trajectory” of the country was about finding the ability to work together.