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South Africa’s president didn’t say ‘government will seize white property in cities’

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statements on expropriation of land without compensation have been incorrectly reported by the website The Daily Archives.

It claims Ramaphosa said “white-owned property in South Africa’s cities and towns will be seized along with white farms in order to provide ‘high-density housing’ for blacks”. The report was shared on the Facebook group Kommando SA.

But what did Ramaphosa really say?

People need to live where they work

During a town hall meeting in Cape Town on 27 February 2019, Ramaphosa spoke of “spatial apartheid planning”, which he said was designed to “serve the interests of a minority”. He said he had recently spoken to a professor from Harvard University in the US who emphasised the importance of people living in cities.

“In order to deal with the spatial planning of apartheid you have got to come up with initiatives that are going to get people away from the outer lying areas of cities, bring them closer to the places where they work.”

Ramaphosa didn’t mention ‘white-owned property’

Ramaphosa said expropriation without compensation would be used to acquire urban land for housing.

He said the government would focus on expropriating abandoned land and land owned by cities. (Note: We have transcribed the relevant part of his speech. Listen to it here and read it here.)

Ramaphosa did not say “white-owned property in South Africa’s cities” would be targeted. – Africa Check (13/03/19)


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