Land Reclamation Will Not Be ‘smash and grab’ – Ramaphosa

The land restoration process to previously deprived and underprivileged South Africans will be carried out with great care, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has announced.

Ramaphosa was speaking at Chief Albert Luthuli’s gravesite on Monday, this was followed by a number of wreath-laying ceremonies at the former ANC presidents’ gravesites. Senior ANC officials came out in numbers to honour their predecessors, this, prior to the ANC’s 106th-year anniversary which will be taking place in East London this coming weekend.

Ramaphosa firmly supported the returning of the land to black South Africans. However, he did state that this process will not be a “smash and grab” operation.

Ramaphosa went on to voice out his admiration for Luthuli, how he sacrificed himself for the greater good and how he could have lived a comfortable life but decided to choose the struggle.

“He chose between prestige and struggle. He chose the ANC at a time when just being affiliated with the ANC would get you harassed or even arrested. He lived a life of courage in the face of adversity.”

He applauded Luthuli’s ability to foster unity against all odds. “This is something we can take with ourselves today.” He said.

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