Ramaphosa: Govt supports traditional leaders’ land demand

In its declaration, the Traditional Leaders Indaba say they want government to transfer 13% of land to traditional authorities within six months.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during the closing session of the Indigenous and Traditional Leaders Indaba at the Birchwood Conference Centre in Ekurhuleni. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says government supports the demand by traditional leaders for 13% of land to be transferred to traditional authorities, but says it must be done in a way that will benefit many South Africans.

Ramaphosa delivered a closing address at the Inaugural Indigenous and Traditional Leaders Indaba in Boksburg.

In its declaration, the Traditional Leaders Indaba say they want the government to transfer 13% of the land to traditional authorities within six months and that if there is no legislation to effect this, such laws must be enacted within a two-year period.

Ramaphosa says government wants to bolster the traditional leaders’ role in addressing the land question.

“Yes, we want to support you in making sure that the 13% of land that you have control over becomes the land that you’re going to play a critical role in.”

He says the transfer must be done in a way that will best benefit South Africans.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)