President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the opening of the National House of Traditional Leader, 4 March 2021 PHOTO: GCIS

PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday assured traditional leaders that the Presidential Summit on Land remains on the cards.

Ramaphosa was addressing the official opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders in Parliament on Thursday.

Last year, Ramaphosa promised the National House of Traditional Leaders in Parliament that government will host a summit on land and how to deal with expropriation without compensation.

“At the opening of this House last year, we said that we would host the Presidential Summit on Land,” Ramaphosa told the traditional leaders.

“At the time we indicated that it would be important for each Provincial House to have their own engagements to inform the process leading up to the Summit.”

“Such consultations would include broader society, such as youth formations, women’s groups and people living with disabilities. I am advised that owing to the lockdown restrictions these provincial engagements could not be concluded.”

He said he was pleased to report that even under these difficult circumstances, the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Land Reform chaired by the Deputy President, David Mabuza, has continued to do further work on the key issues.

“The Inter-Ministerial Committee has continued to oversee work on policy research around the important issue of communal land tenure,” said Ramaphosa. 

He said that traditional leaders were at the forefront of making contributions on the Constitutional Amendment Bill to allow for land expropriation without compensation.

“The institution of traditional leadership must be at the forefront of both land reform and the agrarian revolution.”

(SOURCE: INSIDE POLITICS)

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