With the ANC now turning 106, celebrations and party events will continue to flow across the country. On Sunday, Ramaphosa met Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, the king was gifted multiple cattle as a gift from the new president.
Ramaphosa reflected on the visit and once again discussed land expropriation without compensation. Mentioning and addressing the two has been described by some analysts as a good move for Ramaphosa.
1/ You've got to hand it to Ramaphosa. In the first week of 2018 he's already started addressing his two primary weaknesses:
A) Moved to shore up rural KZN by visiting Goodwill Zwelithini
B) Preemptively shored up his left flank on land https://t.co/Ye1UjcuRed
— Dawie Scholtz (@DawieScholtz) January 8, 2018
While Ramaphosa recently said taking back the land will turn South Africa into the garden of Eden, he has also been adamant that it can be done in a way that does not hurt the economy or food security.
On Monday, Ramaphosa again echoed those calls, together with the insistence that land will be expropriated, regardless of whether “they” like it or not.
#ANC106 "..we are saying that land indeed will be returned and we are going to take that land and put it in the hands of our people whether they like it or not it is going to happen" C Ramaphosa ANC President 08.01.2018
— Bob (@Bob_Mak) January 8, 2018
#ANC106 Ramaphosa: This conference we have emerged from adopted important policies that speak to the promises made by the 1912 founders of the movement.
— POWER987News (@POWER987News) January 8, 2018
“20 years later, indeed we are saying we are taking back the land and giving it back to our people. The commitment made at last year’s conference is a promise that we are going to keep.”
Ramaphosa also again vowed to root out corruption from within the ranks of the ANC. The newly elected ANC president said corruption undermines “the interest of our people as a whole” (The Southern Africa)