Gopolang Moloko
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25 Sep 2018
10:45 am

Ramaphosa to Trump, we’ll solve our problems the typical SA way

Gopolang Moloko

The president assures that the country would deal with its own issues the same way it dealt with Apartheid - democratically.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the 10th Brics Summit in Johannesburg, 25 July 2018. Picture: ANA

President Cyril Ramaphosa has reassured the United States President Donald Trump that problems in the country will be solved in typical South African fashion.

“The land reform issue will be dealt with in a democratic manner, the same way the country dealt with apartheid,” said Ramaphosa addressing a list of questions in New York.

The president was fielding questions regarding land reform, his recently announced stimulus package for the country, and corruption.

“If Mr Trump was here, I would’ve told him: ‘Mr Trump, rest assured. This problem is going to be solved in a typical South African way, because we’ve been able to solve our problems in the past.'”

This was in response to a recent Trump tweet that he had instructed his secretary of state to look into the land expropriation without compensation and the killing of farmers in South Africa.

Ramaphosa reiterated that South Africans would follow the Nelson Mandela example of democracy in addressing issues the country was facing.

The South African president is in New York for the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly to outline South Africa’s domestic and foreign policy goals and priorities. These include land reform and transformation within the South African economy. On Monday he unveiled a statue of former statesman Nelson Mandela.

“We trust that this statue will remain a constant reminder to the international community of the dedication of Nelson Mandela to the mission of the United Nations and a constant affirmation of South Africa’s commitment to contribute to a better world for all,” Ramaphosa said, unveiling the statue.

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