Britain Supports Legal Land Reform in SA - PM Theresa May


Britain supports South Africa's land reform programme provided it is carried out legally, Prime Minister Theresa May said in Cape Town on Tuesday, adding that she would discuss the issue with President Cyril Ramaphosa.

"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," May told reporters.

"It's an issue that I raised and discussed with President Ramaphosa when he was in London earlier this year. I’ll be talking about it with him later today." 

The land should be shared in South Africa so that everyone has an opportunity to benefit from what it has to offer, President Cyril Ramaphosa has previously said.

"We must make sure that everything which is in our country we share... It must never be that a small group of people just take what this country has to give and hold it to themselves and say it belongs to them only," he said at the Biodiversity Economy Innovation conference last week in Thohoyandou in Limpopo. 

"All of this belongs to all of us, and this is what this government wants to make sure," he said to loud cheers. 

Ramaphosa said land expropriation could make more land available for cultivation and the process would begin by using state-owned land, not privately-owned land.

The prime minister is also expected to visit Robben Island where former president Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for decades to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. May will head to Nigeria on Wednesday for meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari in the capital Abuja and with victims of modern slavery in Lagos.

Reuters and African News Agency (ANA)