Johannesburg - Zimbabwean-style land grabs will not happen
in South Africa, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday.
"I don't think the South African and Zimbabwean
constitutions are the same. Our constitution is very important because it
guides us on what we do," Zuma said.
He was speaking during a business breakfast in Sandton on
Monday morning presented by New Age newspaper and the SABC.
The session was organised to give the president the
opportunity to update the country about the progress Zuma's administration had
made since the state of the nation address, at the start of the year.
The land question was asked by Mduduzi Vilane, who wanted to
know if South Africa had plans to avoid what happened in Zimbabwe, where land
belonging to whites was taken without compensation as part of the country's
land redistribution programme.
Zuma described the issue of land redistribution as a serious
matter that needed attention, adding that everything needed to be done
according to law.
He said they were looking at reopening the process of
lodging land claims because the process had been short. The cutoff date for
lodging claims was December 1998.