His comments come on the back of several violent protests linked to land grabs in areas such as Gugulethu and Phillipi on the Cape Flats and more recently Hermanus in the Overstrand.
Backyarders have mostly expressed frustration about the slow pace of housing delivery in the Western Cape.
This week, the provincial Human Settlements Department announced a R2.3 billion budget aimed at delivering 20 000 housing opportunities in the next financial year. Ramaphosa said any land redistribution would be done legally.
“We must unlock the potential that resides in the land of our country so we can put the land to good use. To those who still hold land, we are passing on a very powerful message – the land and the wealth of our country must be shared by all. Let us make that a reality.”
“We are not going to steal and grab land. We are going to want to put the land to the best use so that our people can regain their dignity,” says Ramaphosa.