Ramaphosa: SA to learn from Zim's land reform mistakes

Ramaphosa: SA to learn from Zim's land reform mistakes

President Cyril Ramaphosa conducted working visits to Zimbabwe and Mozambique at the weekend.

Cyril Ramaphosa opening House of Traditional Leaders

Ramaphosa said South Africa will learn from Zimbabwe's mistakes when lawmakers consider the expropriation of land without compensation.


He made these remarks during a working visit to his Zimbabwean counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa.


He told reporters in Harare extensive discussions are underway, similar to those that saw the end of apartheid, to find the best ways to accelerate land reform. This could include the expropriation of land without compensation.


"So we are going to be drawing some examples, some lessons from Zimbabwe and a number of other countries," Ramaphosa remarked.


He again called on South Africans not to be fearful or anxious, saying the debate will continue to a point where parliament adopts a "mature" and "firm" decision.

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Since Parliament adopted a resolution tabled by the EFF to consider the feasibility of land expropriation without land, there have been warnings by some organisations that it could cause untold damage to the economy.

 It has also led to a diplomatic spat between South Africa and Australia, with government calling on the Australian government to retract a statement by its home affairs minister to prioritise the visa applications of white South African farmers.

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