The new president of South Africa has pledged a government takeover and redistribution of farmlands white citizens have lived on since the 1600s.
In a speech, Cyril Ramaphosa outlined his ambition to redistribute the farms along racial lines to South African black people.
The government has no designs to compensate the subjugated farmers and will rush the expropriation through as soon as possible.
“The expropriation of land without compensation is envisaged as one of the measures that we will use to accelerate the redistribution of land to black South Africans,” Ramaphosa stated.
The former millionaire turned head-of-state assured his people the seizure won’t be conducted in a “smash and grab” manner, telling land owners they “must see this process as an opportunity.”
“No-one is saying that land must be taken away from our people,” he said during a speech to parliament last Tuesday, “Rather, it is how we can make sure that our people have equitable access to land and security of tenure. We must see this process of accelerated land redistribution as an opportunity and not as a threat.”
BLF to South African white farmers:
— Based Monitored 🇺🇸🇮🇪 (@BasedMonitored) February 21, 2018
Ramaphosa gave his word that the dramatic move would not have negative effects on South Africa’s economy or agriculture. “We will handle it with responsibility. We will handle it in a way that will not damage our economy, that is not going to damage agricultural production,” he told parliament.
Am feeling so sick with this terrible, tyrannical, racist news. South African farmers, thoughts & prayers are with you, and there are thousands of us willing to help if there is anything we can do to help your future safety & prosperity. Farming jobs, buy farms etc. Please ask.
— Wayne Smith (@agriprof) February 20, 2018
The African National Congress (ANC) party feels it’s necessary that land ownership must have a better congruency among racial lines even more than two decades after the end of apartheid. Over 50 million people live in South Africa with mostly white citizens owning land.
A recent study reflects 1.2% of farmland is owned by the 79% black populous. White South Africans, however, make up about 9 percent of the population owning 23.6% of its rural land and as much as 11.4% of its land in urban areas.
Why are you lying. Oh wait your South African it comes naturally. Fellow South African here. Why don't you tell us how 90% of black farms fail after they have been taken away from white farmers?
— larch (@SuitablyBored) February 23, 2018
In the late 90s, Zimbabwe tried a similar program forcing thousands of white farmers off the lands they had tended their entire lives. Production of food suffered as a result, and Zimbabwe’s economy took a massive nosedive. The acting president of Zimbabwe at the time awarded the lands to those close to him, rather than the common black populous he promised. Foreign companies were made to give up 51% of all their holdings or be forced into closure by the government.
Ramaphosa has tried to quell concerns saying “in dealing with this complex matter” he would not “make the mistakes that others have made.”
In South Africa, white farmers are routinely and violently attacked, which has lead to protests all over the country this past year. On a recent visit to the country to investigate the attacks, British journalist Katie Hopkins was briefly prevented from leaving the country for spreading “racial hatred.”
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