South Africa won't be building border walls - Ramaphosa

2017-03-15 20:24
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – South Africa does not believe in building walls between itself and its neighbours, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has said.

Ramaphosa was answering questions in the National Council of Provinces on Wednesday when he was asked about ANCYL Far North region chairperson Sandile Sibiya's call for a wall to be built along South Africa's border with Mozambique.

This would be to prevent criminals from allegedly stealing cars in South Africa and smuggling them over the border.

Asked by the DA's Makashule Gana if he supported this call, Ramaphosa was adamant that that would not happen.

"We are a nation that does not build walls. We do not believe in building walls. And that defines who we are. We are South Africans and we do not subscribe to the building of walls.

"We say South Africa is an open country and when people come here we must deal with them with dignity and respect within the parameters of our Constitution," he said.

"And besides, we don't have the money."

'Innovative solutions'

Ramaphosa was answering questions on the flare-up of violence against foreign nationals in South Africa.

He said an inter-ministerial committee was working to resolve the problems faced by the affected communities.

The team was led by Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, he said, and it was "coming up with innovative solutions".

He was also questioned on the country's stance on the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the High Court's decision relating to it.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha has withdrawn the draft repeal legislation which would have seen South Africa withdraw from the ICC.

Ramaphosa said the government subscribed to the rule of law, without any doubt.

"When courts rule in our country, we have them as the final arbiter on matters in which we might not agree on. And that is an important pillar of our democracy," he said.

Read more on:    ancyl  |  cyril ramaphosa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.


Does your dog have separation anxiety?

We've got tips, advice and how to help your dog



Fascinating facts about dogs
Perfectly captured cat snapchats!
Out with the old dog, in with the new
Play with your pet when you're not at home
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.