S. African president alleviates concern over communal land owned by tribal chiefs – Xinhua


CAPE TOWN, July 7 (Xinhua) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured that the ongoing efforts to expropriate land without compensation have never targeted communal land owned by tribal chiefs, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said on Saturday.

The ANC issued the statement following a meeting between Ramaphosa and Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini on Friday in KwaZulu-Natal Province.

The communal land is mainly held under the custodianship of traditional leaders for and in the interest of the people, the ANC quoted Ramaphosa as telling the king.

The communal land controlled by tribal chiefs constitutes about 13 percent of the total land in South Africa where the white minority owned most of the land.

Land being targeted for compensation is the remaining 87 percent and all…

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