On Tuesday, South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa told his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, that there will be no land grabs in the country and that their investments are safe.
At a media briefing during a visit to Cape Town by Steinmeier, the first in 20 years by a German President, Ramaphosa stated, “Investors should have no fear that their land or investment will be taken.”
The visit came about after a meeting between Ramaphosa and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, during the G20 Africa Summit in Berlin.
Ramaphosa told Steiner that issues, such as the unequal distribution of land, are being dealt with through a structured process. He said, “In the land reform process we must ensure property rights for all but also unlock the use of land to grow our economy in an inclusive way”.
Ramaphosa also responded to questions regarding the ongoing judicial commission of inquiry to state capture. Although he would not go into details of the inquiry, the President said, “The international community wants to see if the state capture commission is going well. The state capture commission is almost a cleansing process of all the bad things that happened in our country."
He felt it was bringing “to the fore the truth of what happened in the past”.