[LISTEN] 'It's not President Ramaphosa who apologised to King Zwelithini'

President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko says everyone must appreciate that the land debate has been an emotive one.

It has been reported that President Ramaphosa gave an apology to King Goodwill Zwelithini for talks around the disbandment of the Ingonyama Trust.

Ramaphosa also promised the King during his visit to KZN that the government has zero plans to touch three million hectares of land under the Ingonyama Trust.

I'm not sure who would have given an apology, certainly not President Ramaphosa.

Khusela Diko, President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson

READ: Why is the iNgonyama Trust only being targeted now asks King Zwelithini

It's unfortunate that some amongst us would want to misrepresent the resolutions of the ANC. It says that we will use expropriation of land without compensation as one of the measures to accelerate land reform.

Khusela Diko, President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson

READ: KZN Contralesa: If iNgonyama Trust is dissolved it will lead to violence

When President Ramaphosa speaks to the King he says; the high-level panel report which was not even on the land, by the way, makes a number of recommendations.

Khusela Diko, President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson

Over the weekend a picture of President Ramaphosa kneeling down to King Zwelithini made the rounds on social media.

Diko says the picture was taken last year when the President visited traditional leaders in the country.

ALSO READ: Ingoyama trust fund vows to fight land expropriation

We must not be hypocritical as people when we are discussing these things. The president and other leaders, whenever they are in a particular space they would act in accordance with the cultural norms of the space.

Khusela Diko, President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson

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