Ramaphosa wants issues around land resolved immediately

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the National House of Traditional Leaders for the first time on Tuesday morning.

FILE: South Africa's president Cyril Ramaphosa gestures as he delivers a speech after being elected by the Members of Parliament, during his swearing-in ceremony at the Parliament in Cape Town on 15 February 2018. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - President Cyril Ramaphosa says the land issue needs to be resolved immediately and decisively.

Ramaphosa addressed the National House of Traditional Leaders for the first time on Tuesday morning.

The resident says the agricultural sector is a gold mine and traditional leaders should lead its transformation.

He also wants traditional leaders to use the sector as an opportunity to grow the economy.

Agriculture performed greater than all other sectors, like mining and financial services.

“There are those who think we can leave this matter for later, but I can say now that this matter needs to be attended to immediately,” Ramaphosa said.

It came as no surprise that Ramaphosa touched on the emotive land issue, considering traditional leaders' proximity to landless communities and to rural areas.

The address also came just a few hours before the National Assembly debates the EFF's motion on land expropriation without compensation.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema is expected to open and close debate in the National Assembly on Tuesday afternoon.

The party has tabled a motion in favour of changing the so-called property rights clause and wants all land to be owned by the State.

The African National Congress will move to amend this motion.

WATCH: The president addresses traditional leaders

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)