President looks into the murder and expropriation of white farmers in South Africa.
President Donald Trump has announced that his administration will commence investigating the murder and expropriation of white farmers in South Africa.
As Neon Nettle reported earlier, South Africa’s government initiated the first seizures of white farmers land following the parliamentary process to reserve the right of legal land grabs of white farmer’s land without compensation.
According to Johannesburg-based newspaper City Press, owners of Akkerland Boerdery wanted 200 million rands (£16.7m) for the land, but the government only offered them a tenth of that at 20 million.
A letter sent to the owners earlier this year said:
“Notice is hereby given that a terrain inspection will be held on the farms on April 5, 2018, at 10 am in order to conduct an audit of the assets and a handover of the farm’s keys to the state.”
“I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large-scale killing of farmers,” Trump tweeted.
The State Department had provided a statement to Fox News:
“We are aware of these reports and have been following this issue very closely for some time. South Africa is a strong democracy with resilient institutions, including a free press and an independent judiciary. South Africans are grappling with the difficult issue of land reform through an open process, including public hearings, broad-based consultations, and active civil society engagement. President [Cyril] Ramaphosa has pledged that the land reform process will follow the rule of law, and its implementation will not adversely affect economic growth, agricultural production, or food security.”
According to Breitbart: Carlson took issue with the statement’s “unbelievable” reluctance to criticize South Africa’s policies on land reform and rural crime.
Land reform is a potent issue in South Africa because of the fact that earlier governments had seized land that was owned by black South Africans and reserved it for white South Africans.
Black South Africans were confined to small “homelands” where the land barely sustained subsistence agriculture.
Today, few black South Africans wish to farm. Most seek jobs, and hope to own property, in urban areas. But the issue remains a potent symbolic one, and a cause around which populists and African nationalists continue to rally.
In addition, white farmers have been frequent targets of violent crime over the past several decades.
Though statistics are often controversial, there have been thousands of farm attacks, and hundreds of farm murders, since the early 1990s.
South Africa is troubled by violent crime in general, but farmers suspect that they are being deliberately singled out for political reasons.
I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers. “South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers.” @TuckerCarlson @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2018
Newly-installed South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, a former businessman, was seen as a reformer who would dissuade the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party from emulating the catastrophic land reform policies of Zimbabwe to the north.
But under increasing pressure from a new radical opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Ramaphosa has endorsed a new constitutional amendment that would make expropriation without compensation easier.
That, in turn, is scaring investors away from a country whose economy is already struggling, and which is losing skilled citizens — black and white — to emigration.
South Africans of all races are also increasingly worried that if white farmers are targeted, nobody’s property will be safe.
“Expropriation of land without compensation means everyone who owns property or aspires to do so is equally vulnerable,” wrote Temba A. Nolutshungu, director of South Africa’s Free Market Foundation, in a letter published this week in South Africa’s daily Business Day newspaper. “While white-owned land is being targeted for expropriation, the black-owned land would not be exempted.”
Rhoda Kadalie, a former member of South Africa’s Human Rights Commission under the late President Nelson Mandela, told Breitbart News:
“The ANC has destroyed every state institution in South Africa, including mining and manufacturing, and now it goes for the sector that creates the most jobs for the poor as well as ensure food security. Land expropriation without compensation is creating wealth by stealth for the elite. Even the ANC’s land restitution program has failed by its own admission.”