South African president Cyril Ramaphosa was interviewed on Wednesday by Bloomberg on the sidelines of the UN general assembly in New York regarding land reform in South Africa, and US president Donald Trump’s infamous tweet on the issue.
President Ramaphosa said he had met with president Trump but did not have time to discuss the tweet. He also said that president Trumps tweet was clearly misinformed and that there are no land grabs or killing of white farmers in South African, instead South Africa is undergoing a land reform process in which the mistakes of the past are being rectified.
Ramaphosa said the land issue is the original sin in the history of South Africa and if his government doesn’t balance out the problem it could lead to instability in the country. Ramaphosa’s government is managing risk to promote social cohesion and equal access to land for all South Africans.