‘Relax’: South African leader makes the case for land reform


JOHANNESBURG — Relax.

That’s the message South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has for anyone fretting about the nation’s plans for land reform, which drew a critical tweet from President Donald Trump last month.

The government won’t allow “land grabs” and land redistribution designed to address racial inequities will be orderly, Ramaphosa said Tuesday in remarks to Parliament.

He also said he doesn’t expect South Africa to be targeted by sanctions as it legally pursues land reform. Some South Africans have speculated that the United States might impose sanctions similar to those against neighbouring Zimbabwe, where violent land seizures occurred years ago.

“Just relax,” Ramaphosa said. “This process will end up very well.”

Some groups in South Africa, however, worry…

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