President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on land reform which will be chaired by Deputy President David Mabuza.
In a statement on Friday, the Presidency said the IMC will coordinate and implement measures to accelerate the redistribution of land.
The nine-member IMC will also deal with the provision of agricultural support and the redress of spatial inequality within a broad and comprehensive land redistribution and agricultural development programme.
“President Ramaphosa’s appointment of the IMC is in line with his commitment, made during the State of the Nation Address, to accelerate land redistribution programme not only to redress a grave historical injustice, but also to bring more producers into the agricultural sector and to make more land available for cultivation towards security, rural development, poverty reduction and strengthening the economy,” said the Presidency.
Led by Deputy President David Mabuza, the IMC comprises the following ministers:
• Minister for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
• Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
• Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana
• Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Zweli Mkhize
• Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene
• Minister of Human Settlements, Nomaindia Mfeketo
• Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masutha
• Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan
• Minister of Public Works, Thulas Nxesi
In addition, the President will also soon appoint a Panel of Experts to provide technical support to the IMC as it carries out its important task of expediting land reform through all available measures, including expropriation without compensation.
Earlier on Friday, Cabinet's recently appointed Ministerial Task Team met with the leadership of the National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) and leaders of provincial houses.
On Thursday, Cabinet announced the appointment of a team of Ministers to engage with traditional leaders on their concerns on land expropriation.
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, is the convener of the ministerial team and is supported by Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane. - SAnews.gov.za