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Don't fear land reform, Ramaphosa tells farmers in WC

President Cyril Ramaphosa sat down with farm owners and once again took the opportunity to try to allay their fears.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses farmers at the Beyerskloof wine farm in Stellenbosch on 9 April 2019. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

STELLENBOSCH - President Cyril Ramaphosa has on Tuesday turned on the charm with largely white farmers at a pre-election event in Stellenbosch.

Ramaphosa spent the day on the hustings in Cape Town and surrounds.

He sat down with farm owners and once again took the opportunity to try to allay their fears.

This is Ramaphosa’s second big election outreach to white South Africans; the first put him in a room with what the African National Congress called its "white compatriots" in Sandton.

“The land reform process is something that we should never fear. It is going to be done in accordance with the rule of law and our Constitution.”

The president faced a string of questions regarding land and economic issues.

He told the audience the things will be done differently when he's elected president after the elections

‘TIME FOR TALKING IS OVER’
Ramaphosa said the time for talking was over and his government would focus on implementation. He said government had more than enough policies addressing every aspect of South African life, but the time had come to put those into action.

"The time for talking is over, our people now want implementation. The policies that we’ve got are in large numbers [and] right now it is about implementation."

Ramaphosa also promised to hold his new Cabinet more accountable after elections.

"Performance agreements that I will have with Cabinet members are going to be seriously monitored."

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