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Ramaphosa meets Afrikaner group

By Sapa | 2014-08-29 06:53:10.0

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa met representatives of the Boer-Afrikaner Volksraad at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Thursday, the Presidency said.

Spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa said the meeting provided an opportunity for the Boere-Afrikaner Volksraad to brief Ramaphosa and his delegation about their concerns for self-determination.

Ramaphosa said such engagements were important for promoting dialogue and understanding among South Africans.

"Government needs to be available to discuss any matters of concern to citizens," said Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa reaffirmed the centrality of the Bill of Rights in the constitution and in particular, the rights of all citizens to practise their culture, religion and use of their language in a united democratic state.

He said the government would continue to engage with the Boer-Afrikaner Volksraad and any other formations to discuss issues of interest and concern.