By Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

27 August, 2018

When government announced earlier this year that the issue of land reform would be addressed through a consultative process, interest groups that represent a minority of the people of South Africa started to spread lies and half-truths internationally.

They peddled false and exaggerated information and conclusions that have been disproved many times by concrete facts. The question is: what are the objectives of these groups, which travel internationally, consistently working on a conscious campaign aimed at challenging the sovereignty and institutions of a democratic South Africa?

One of the lies doing the rounds is the notion that a section of the South African population is being targeted for deliberate and calculated violence. While South Africa, like any other country in the world, does experience acts of criminality, there has never been any targeting of any specific part of the populace people because of the colour of their skin, as was the official policy during the many years of apartheid rule.

The land reform process is receiving ongoing attention by government and Parliament, using constitutional channels so as to ensure that the people of South Africa participate in addressing this sensitive issue, which is a legacy of apartheid and racially-exclusive policies that denied the majority of black South Africans their rights, including access to land….

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