The Belgium government has pledged €30m to the South African government for the land reform process. This was confirmed at the meeting between the South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu and the Belgium Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Didier Reynders, yesterday.
“We are sure that we need to go firm on the process of land reform because it was at the beginning [of] the reconciliation process of the country”, said Minister Reynders at a press conference after the meeting.
The Belgium Minister pledged his country’s support to South Africa’s amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution which allows for expropriation of land without compensation. The minister however, emphasised the need for balance in the process. The Deputy Prime Minister also explained that his country supports this motion because: “It’s a difficult issue in many countries”
In support of this the South African Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, indicated that there is a misunderstanding around the South African land reform issue across the world referring to the American President’s tweet on South Africa’s land reform. Minister Sisulu, further highlighted that “[her department] are doing something about it to educate the world about what we are doing to redistribute the land,”
Minister Sisulu went further to show appreciation to the Belgian government stating that “the bottom line which has come through is the Belgian government has understood our position, has from the beginning been with us, [and] committed €30 m to the process.”
By Ntsikelelo Kuse