Responding to criticism by EFF Leader Julius Malema, the President Cyril Ramaphosa said that ” smash and grab” approach would not be helpful.
The red beret attacked the President saying he appeared to be soft on the issue of land expropriation without compensation.
Ramaphosa also rejected DA Leader Mmusi Maimane’s argument that expropriation of land without compensation would stifle growth within the agricultural sector.
“We must see this process of accelerated land redistribution as an opportunity and not as a threat. We must see it as an opportunity to free all of us from the bitterness and pain of the past.” he said.
“It caused divisions, hurt and pain among our people.
“What we need to do is be aware of the fact that we are all called upon to enjoin to heal the divisions and the pain of the past.
“This is a collective task. It is not the task of the ANC alone. It is our task as a nation, it belongs to all of us.
“Yes, Julius Malema, it is just as much your task as it is my task. Yes, Mmusi Maimane, it is your task as it is my task,” Ramaphosa said.