President Zuma and DA discuss Rural Development

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma and the Democratic Alliance's Parliamentary Leader, Athol Trollip, met in Cape Town on Wednesday to discuss various issues, including rural development.

Addressing reporters after their meeting at the President's official office, Tuynhuys, the two said they had had productive and frank discussions.

Mr Trollip said he had wanted to discuss the matter of "mutual concern" of rural development.

"One of the most important issues that I wanted to discuss with the President was that the poorest people never seem to own the precious resource of land. People are dying of starvation but living on agricultural land and have to find ways on making them productive," said Mr Trollip.

The President said he would arrange a meeting between Mr Trollip, himself, the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti, and Minister in the Presidency, Collins Chabane, to further discuss rural development and land issues.

President Zuma said he was struck by the opposition party's sharp criticism of having poverty among people who are living on land that could be productive.

"Why can't we use the land to produce what people should eat? We agreed that we need to do something and that why we have the Rural Development Ministry to be able to address those issues," said the President.

President Zuma said he would be meeting the leaders of political parties on 27 August as it was necessary to have similar interactions with them to discuss ways of improving the situation of the country.

"The fact of the matter is that we all want to see South Africa succeeding and from that point of view we have no reason why not to cooperate to see the country succeeding," he said

Mr Trollip said had been encouraging that the President was free to discuss issues, but hoped that the words would become actions.

"I'm very happy with the meeting and it was very fruitful," said Mr Trollip. - BuaNews