South Africa will not allow illegal land grabs, new President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday, as the country prepares to expropriate land without compensation following a vote in parliament.
We have been using the agreement that was struck between former President Jacob Zuma and the government as the instrument that has enabled the government to help pay the money.
"We can not have a situation where we allow land grabs, because that is anarchy", Ramaphosa said in a speech in parliament. "We cannot have a situation of anarchy when we have proper constitutional means through which we can work to give land to our people".
South Africa's plan to expropriate land without compensation in order to redress racial disparities in land ownership would target mainly unused land, a senior official with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said on Tuesday.
The ruling African National Congress (ANC) says the policy to expropriate land without compensation is created to address the past injustices of apartheid, which saw black-owned land being forcefully taken.
Ramaphosa is under pressure to act on land distribution from the Economic Freedom Fighters, led by Julius Malema
Ramaphosa has stressed that food production and security in the continent's biggest maize producer, must not be threatened by land reform.
The majority of black South Africans lack land to cultivate crops or build their homes.
Land is a sensitive issue in South Africa, where the majority of the natural resource still remains in the hands of a few whites.
It has anxious some economists and farming groups, which have warned of a potentially devastating impact on the agricultural sector.