Ramaphosa dishes out title deeds to Griqua descendants, saying apartheid ‘degraded their dignity’

Ramaphosa dishes out title deeds to Griqua descendants, saying apartheid ‘degraded their dignity’

President Cyril Ramaphosa (left) with Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane before handing over title deeds to descendants of the Griqua community in the Western Cape. Picture: Twitter (PresidencyZA)

The president says the title deeds are meant to help ‘undo the bitter legacy of the apartheid and colonial past’.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is currently in the Western Cape, where he plans to hand over title deeds to the descendants of the Griqua community in the Western Cape.

Ramaphosa, alongside Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, will be giving the title deeds to the community of Ebenhaeser, Beeswater. He will be handing over title deeds for 3990 hectares of commercial farmland.

The official Twitter account for the presidency says this land is being given “to the direct descendants of the Griqua community that have established themselves on the farm since 1926”.

“Taking place under the theme ‘Restoring dignity through land reform’, the settling and finalising of land claims is part of the land reform programme which is part of the transformative principles of our constitution,” another tweet read.

Ramaphosa, speaking to the community ahead of handing out the title deeds, said it was the responsibility of his democratic government “to undo the bitter legacy of the apartheid and colonial past”.

The president said apartheid “degraded the dignity of the people” in this community, which he said government was now hoping to make right.

(Compiled by Daniel Friedman)

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