CAPE TOWN– South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has spoken out against fear-mongering and what he describes as swart gevaar calls in the debate on land expropriation without compensation, referring to the apartheid-era term used to refer to the perceived security threat of the majority black African population to the white government.
Responding to oral questions in the National Assembly here Wednesday, the president called on South Africans to contribute meaningfully to the debate and help find solutions. The land expropriation without compensation topic has seen heated debate in recent weeks.
The President called for cool heads, saying the proposed policy would be carried out responsibly, ensure food security and would not lead to land grabs.
The Democratic Alliance (DA), the main opposition party, which wanted to know how the policy would be implemented was also reminded that the party’s Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba. supported it.
The President also confirmed to members of Parliament that the State had paid 15.3 million Rand (about 1.3 million US dollars) towards the legal costs of cases involving former President Jacob Zuma since 2006.
President Ramaphosa said this was based on an agreement between Zuma and former President Thabo Mbeki in 2006.
The statement didn’t go down well with another leading opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), which claimed that the total legal costs for Zuma amounted to 64 million Rand, a figure which President Ramaphosa says he was not aware of.
The Supreme Court of Appeal last year refused Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) leave to appeal a High Court ruling which set aside a 2009 decision to drop the charges related to an arms deal.
Zuma could find as early as this week if and when he might go on trial after the Constitutional Court, the highest court in the country, dismissed an application to delay Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams from announcing the decision.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK