South Africa’s newly elected President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has vowed to seize white land in order to redress a grave historical injustice.
Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as South Africa’s fifth President by the National Assembly on 15 February following a vote of no confidence in former President, Jacob Zuma. Ramaphosa has long been viewed as a potential President and was even the first choice as successor by Nelson Mandela.
Ramaphosa has now overcome many hurdles that were thrown in his way. On Tuesday last week, Ramaphosa made one of his first speeches to the nations Parliament in Cape Town. During this speech, Ramaphosa made it clear that he wants to see white land re-distributed to redress the historical injustices that occurred since colonisation (which is referred to as the original sin) and more recent injustices that occurred during and after apartheid.
Ramaphosa argues that ignoring these injustices goes against the nations democratic constitution. The comments have sparked fear mongering in the international media and here in Australia where the media has simply ignored the developments altogether, which is why we are publishing this news.
One article from Business Insider claimed that Ramaphosa is following the lead of Zimbabwe where a brutal form of land redistribution sparked famine and the collapse of the nations economy. Ramaphosa however is asking for redistribution to occur in an intelligent and peaceful way that will serve to strengthen the economy.
Ramaphosa also addressed his concerns about the racial disparities in Health and Education as well as gender inequality that exists right across South Africa today.
We think the news of this speech is truly inspirational and to see that it has been completely ignored by the Australian media is concerning too. Please help us break the mainstream Australian media’s control by sharing this story far and wide.
Issues of historical injustices are rarely spoken about in Australia and we are often told to get over it when issues are raised. This reply was also common in South Africa up until now.