Government’s controversial decision to seize land from white farmers
South Africa is on the verge of Anarchy following the government’s controversial decision to seize land from white farmers.
The South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recently ruled that African National Congress must now initiate a parliamentary process to reserve the right of legal land grabs of white farmer’s land without compensation.
Ramaphosa, who previously vowed to return farmland owned by the white farmers since 1600s to the country’s black population, said on Tuesday that ANC would introduce a constitutional amendment in parliament.
Farmers said the government’s plan will be “catastrophic and could lead to anarchy and food shortages like Venezuela or Zimbabwe”.
According to the Express: The economy of Zimbabwe collapsed after their own land reform was carried out.
More than 20 years after the end of apartheid in South Africa, white farmers still own the majority of South Africa’s land.
An organization representing South Africans, AfriForum, said that land expropriation with no compensation would have “catastrophic results like in Venezuela and Zimbabwe”.
The organization’s chief executive Kallie Kriel said: “History teaches us that international investors, regardless of what AfriForum or anyone else says, are unwilling to invest in a country where property rights are not protected.”
Ian Cameron, of AfriForum, said: “We’re really heading for a state of anarchy if something doesn’t change drastically.
“There are places where the police simply refuse to act. They don’t know the law well enough or refuse to apply it to logical reasoning when it comes to defending people’s property rights.”
In the 1990s black South Africans received grants and subsidies to buy land plots, which resulted in overcrowding and poor land use.
South Africa’s history of colonial conquest has pushed most of the black people into crowded urban areas or rural reserves.
The 1913 Native Lands Act made it illegal for Africans to acquire land beyond these reserves, which became known as “Homelands”.
About one-tenth of land in white ownership has been transferred to black ownership since the end if apartheid, which is only a third of the government’s target.
Some investors think that Ramaphosa may be simply trying to win political points with the land reform ahead of an election next year.
Bennie Van Zyl, the general manager of the Agricultural Union of South Africa (TAU SA), said:
“For us, this is a pity that they’ve made their choice, because no one will invest in this economy and we actually need growth to address the realities of South Africa. So we have great concern for this approach.
“A lot of foreign countries that have already contacted us as an organisation say if that is the case, we are not willing to invest in your country anymore.
“And if the ANC goes through with this, it will be devastating for this country.”