UK Supports South Africa’s Land Reform

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Farming in South Africa (Photo: All4Women).

Pretoria: The British Prime minister Theresa May on Tuesday said the United Kingdom supports South Africa’s land reform programme but only if it legal, transparent and conducted in a democratic manner.



The ruling African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is pushing for land grabs without compensation to address historical land ownership imbalances between blacks and
whites.

“The UK has for some time now supported land reform. Land reform that is legal, that is transparent, that is generated through a democratic process.

“It’s an issue that I raised and discussed with President Cyril Ramaphosa when he was in London earlier this year. I’ll be talking about it with him later today,” May told reporters in Cape Town.

May is on a working visit to South Africa.



South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) is opposed to land expropriation without compensation, arguing this will hurt the country’s economy and blacks – the intended beneficiaries.

Parliament has voted for the amendment of the constitution to allow government to grab land from white commercial farmers without compensation.


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