South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said his administration is determined to confront inequality and poverty by directing its national resources towards the poor.
Ramaphosa noted that there cannot be lasting peace without justice, and in a country that still bears the scars of inequity and skewed development, there can be no peace without social justice.
“From the presidency, we are working to mobilise all sections of society – from business to labour, from public entities to civic organisations, from NGOs to political parties – behind an urgent, ambitious and comprehensive program to grow the economy and to reduce poverty,” Ramaphosa said.
He emphasized that they will not scrap broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) saying it has brought real material benefits to black South Africans, women and persons living with disabilities.
He was responding to repeated calls for the government to abandon B-BBEE which has been criticized for being ineffective in reshaping the economic structure of South Africa.
Ramaphosa vowed to address inequality in the country.
This coming even as the South African parliament is in the process of enacting new laws on land reforms.