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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:52 pm    Post subject: South African pres seeks power to expropriate white land Reply with quote

( I though south Africa was a free country ? apparently not . who in there right mind thinks they have the power to expropriate someone's land/farm and not even provide any compensation ? this sounds like a looming dictatorship down there )



South African president seeks power to expropriate white-owned land without compensation


Stuart Graham, The Telegraph | March 3, 2017 10:34 PM ET
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South African President Jacob Zuma has lurched from one scandal to another since his election in 2009.



JOHANNESBURG — South African president Jacob Zuma has called on parliament to change the country’s constitution to allow the expropriation of white-owned land without compensation.

Zuma, 74, who made the remarks in a speech Friday, said he wanted to establish a “pre-colonial land audit of land use and occupation patterns” before changing the law.

“We need to accept the reality that those who are in parliament where laws are made, particularly the black parties, should unite because we need a two-thirds majority to effect changes in the constitution,” he said.

Zuma, who has lurched from one scandal to another since his election in 2009, has recently adopted a more populist tone after his ruling African National Congress (ANC) party suffered its worst election result last August since the end of apartheid in 1994.

His party lost the economic hub of Johannesburg, the capital Pretoria and the coastal city of Port Elizabeth to the moderate Democratic Alliance party, which also held the city of Cape Town.

The ANC is also under pressure from the radical Economic Freedom Fighters, led by Julius Malema who has been travelling the country urging black South Africans to take back land from white invaders and “Dutch thugs.”


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Sumaya Hisham/AFP/Getty Images/FileJulius Malema, leader of South Africa's radical Economic Freedom Fighter party..
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He told parliament this week that his party wanted to “unite black people in South Africa” to expropriate land without compensation.

Although progress has been made in transferring property to black South Africans, land ownership is still believed to be skewed in favour of whites.

The Institute of Race Relations, an independent research body, said that providing a racial breakdown of South Africa’s rural landowners was “almost impossible.”

“In the first place the state owns some 22 per cent of the land in the country, including land in the former homelands, most of which is occupied by black subsistence farmers who have no title and seem unlikely to get it any time soon,” the group said.

“This leaves around 78 per cent of land in private hands, but the race of these private owners is not known.”

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Zuma’s comments caused outrage among groups representing Afrikaans-speaking farmers. The Boer Afrikaner Volksraad said it would consider land expropriation without compensation as “a declaration of war.”

“We are ready to fight back,” said Andries Breytenbach, the group’s chairman. “We need urgent mediation between us and the government.

“If this starts, it will turn into a racial war which we want to prevent.”

Last month Zuma called in the military to maintain “law and order” in Cape Town ahead of expected protests calling for him to step down

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SA Investing / March 3, 2017
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Zuma repeats rallying call: Let’s grab land ‘orderly’; threatens Constitutional change


President Jacob Zuma has reiterated calls to grab land from white people without compensation, indicating that changing the Constitution will make radical economic transformation possible. While much of this might be hot air and political rhetoric aimed at drumming up support among the downtrodden masses, Zuma is sounding a lot like the Economic Freedom Fighters’ Julius Malema or Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe. The unfortunate results of land grabs are clear to see:

north of the border, Zimbabwean citizens are starving, families have been ripped apart as a diaspora has scattered around the world in search of jobs and the country is on the brink of civil war. But Mugabe, his family and friends are doing just fine, with funds stashed in low-tax countries and luxury lifestyles on display amid the poverty back home. There is little stopping Zuma from getting his way. Nowhere is this more evident than the ANC appointment of disgraced former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe as an MP. Or the flagrant disregard for the explosive details about corruption and financial irregularity in the last public protector’s report.

Zuma does what Zuma likes. Expect him to push hard on land reform as he fights to maintain support and in so doing help to keep his friends and associates in the styles to which they have become accustomed. In the meantime, Zuma’s comments about taking land will fuel negativity among investors and business players. With uncertainty over property rights, they will inevitably look at their options elsewhere. – Jackie Cameron

By Liesl Peyper

Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma reiterated that there are weaknesses in South Africa’s willing-buyer, willing-seller principle which delay land reforms and that land restitution without compensation is under way.

Addressing the official opening of the House of Traditional Leaders at Parliament on Friday, he said the willing-buyer, willing-seller situation causes the state to be a price taker in an unfair process.

“In addition, there are too many laws dealing with land reform, which cause confusion and delays,” Zuma said.

Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president, looks at a document as he attends the annual budget speech at the parliament in Cape Town, South Africa. Photographer: Halden Krog/Bloomberg

“The fact remains that land hunger is real. This is not surprising as this was the fundamental question at the centre of the liberation struggle.”

Zuma said government is considering two actions to attain the goal of radical socio-economic transformation in relation to land reform.

First of all, a pre-colonial audit of land ownership, use and occupation patterns should be undertaken. Once the audit has been completed, a single law should be developed to address the issue of land restitution without compensation.

“The necessary constitutional amendments would then be undertaken to implement this process.”

Secondly, government is considering the redesign and establishment of the National Land Claims Commission as a Chapter 9 institution, so that it has the necessary powers to help government reverse “this historical injustice”. This would also require a Constitutional amendment.

“All of this will require unity and common purpose and action in the country, to ensure redress and meaningful reconciliation.”

Zuma emphasised that government and the ruling party would want to ensure that the land reform process is an “orderly” one.

“We do not support chaos and illegal land grabs. Actions must be informed by the Constitution and the laws of the land. In the meantime, land reform continues on the basis of existing laws.”

‘Time for action on radical economic transformation’

Zuma also said the fact that 2017 is the year of radical economic transformation means it’s time for action.

“The ANC and government have produced enough policy documents and bills. Now is the time for action and not talking, writing or analysing.”

Zuma appealed to the House of Traditional Leaders, which is celebrating its 20 years of existence, to join government on its journey of bringing fundamental change in the structure, systems and institutions and overhauling patterns of ownership and management in the economy.

“Access to economic power is a key grievance of our people at this stage of our liberation,” Zuma said.

He said he’ll receive regular feedback from ministers and deputy ministers, and what exactly they are doing to ensure radical socio-economic transformation in their departments to ensure the empowerment of black people, and Africans in particular.

“We urge our traditional leaders to use this opportunity to bring about economic stability and cultural development in rural areas,” Zuma said. – Fin24

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

South Africa's President Zuma 'risks race war' as he demands land owned by white 'occupiers' can be taken without compensation

Jacob Zuma has called for the constitution to be changed for land reform
He has called for unity between black parties in order to push through plans

Opponents have warned that the move could trigger a racial war
It follows calls by Zuma's rival Julius Malema, who called on Africans to reclaim land from 'Dutch thugs'

By Dave Burke For Mailonline

Published: 10:51 GMT, 4 March 2017 | Updated: 13:31 GMT, 4 March 2017



South African president Jacob Zuma has called on lawmakers to help seize white-owned land without compensation - to establish 'pre-colonial' patterns.

But he has been warned that the measure would trigger a racial war in a country historically blighted by racial tensions.

Speaking to parliament, he called for unity between black parties. The controversial move would require a change to the constitution.

South African President Jacob Zuma has called for the country's constitution to be changed to allow land seizures without compensation


Zuma's comments echo those of his rival Julius Malema, who said earlier this week: 'So, we are saying black people, all of us must unite so that we can change the constitution so that we can expropriate land without compensation.

'There is no white man that will understand it.'

Zuma told the Council of Traditional Leaders: 'The black parties should unite on this issue. We cannot fight about nothing.'

Despite his ANC party having voted down a motion by the opposition EFF, headed by Malema, calling for land expropriation without compensation, Zuma spoke about his great-grandfathers, whose land had been confiscated.

He said: 'It is now time for action. The time for talking, writing and analysis is over.'


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Zuma's comments echo those of his rival Julius Malema (centre), who said earlier this week: 'So, we are saying black people, all of us must unite so that we can change the constitution so that we can expropriate land without compensation'



The president has revealed that an audit of 'pre-colonial land ownership', and said: 'Once the audit is completed, one law should be written so that we can handle land restitution without compensation. The necessary constitutional changes will be made. The black parties should unite on this issue.'

His populist remarks follow a campaign by Malema, who has called on black South Africans to reclaim land taken by 'Dutch thugs'.


A racial breakdown of land ownership is not available in South Africa, but there is a widespread belief that it largely favours the country's white population.

Following Zuma's comments, The Telegraph reports, Andries Breytenbach, who heads the Boer Afrikaner Volksraad, described it as 'a declaration of war'.

He stated: 'We are ready to fight back. We need urgent mediation between us and the government. If this starts, it will turn into a racial war which we want to prevent.'


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

South African leader explains land expropriation


Zuma wants expropriation of white-owned land to accelerate redistribution of land to black majority

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By Hassan Isilow

JOHANNESBURG

South African President Jacob Zuma said Friday his country’s constitution would have to be amended to allow for land restitution without compensation in order to address the historical injustices of apartheid.

The South African leader said the fundamental question at the center of the country's black population liberation struggle was to address land inequality.

“The fact remains that land hunger is real,” Zuma said in his address to the National House of Traditional Leaders in Parliament on Friday.

He said government was looking at two critical courses of action in order for the country to attain the goal of radical socio-economic transformation in relation to land reform.

“First we must undertake a pre-colonial audit of land ownership, use and occupation patterns,” he said.

Zuma had first made comments regarding the expropriation of land to accelerate the redistribution of land to the country's black majority a week ago.

Land is a contentious issue in South Africa, where much of it is still owned by members of the white community. The majority of blacks remain landless, 22 years after the end of the minority rule.

A similar project was undertaken by neighboring Zimbabwe. In 2000, land owned by white farmers was seized and some owners brutalized by youths associated to the ruling party.

In 2016, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe admitted that the country's controversial land reform program had been a failure.

Julius Malema, leader of the radical leftist Economic Freedom Fighters party (EFF) has been urging supporters to grab white-owned land, a call government has condemned and said will not happen under its watch.

Seeking to reassure, Zuma added: “We do not support chaos and illegal land grabs. Actions must be informed by the Constitution and the laws of the land."

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We don't hate white people, but land must be returned - Zuma

2017-02-16 17:12


Thulani Gqirana, News24


Cape Town - Land will be returned to the people, President Jacob Zuma asserted on Thursday, during his reply to the State of the Nation Address debate.

Replying to criticism from political parties on land expropriation and the slow pace of land reform, Zuma told MPs that his government had the interests of the people at heart.

"And will do all in its power to ensure that land is returned to the people," he said in the National Assembly.

Deviating from his prepared speech, Zuma said it was amazing to see certain parties pretending to side with ordinary citizens, when he knew they were on the side of those who had stolen the land.


The land issue needed to be tackled, otherwise it would "explode one day".

"We would be saying there are people who must live without land, when there is land in this country."

It would be done within the parameters of the law, he said.

AS IT HAPPENED: Affirmative action does not equal hatred of white people - Zuma in SONA debate response

'We don’t hate white people'

Calls for land restitution had nothing to do with hatred of whites, Zuma said. He was responding to FF Plus leader Pieter Groenewald, who had accused Zuma of this during his SONA reply.

"It does not display hatred. Responsible leadership must find a way to avoid that situation, so I don’t think it helps to jump into phrases that if somebody talks about land hunger, then he is hating the whites. How else would you describe those who own the land? How do you describe them, if you don’t say what happened?" Zuma asked.

It was a fact that some people did not buy the land they now owned, but they were not focusing on that now. All that was needed now was a formula to deal with the problem, he said.

"Affirmative action and black economic empowerment do not demonstrate hatred to white people. I think, honourable member, it will be wise to disabuse yourself from the tendency that when we talk about land, and we talk about those who own land, you think it is because of hatred. It’s not true."

Fight for justice

Zuma referred to his recent visit to the Nyanga police station in Cape Town. It was frustrating for police officers to put criminals away, only for the courts to release them, he said.

He said he would discuss this with the justice cluster. He bemoaned the fact that, in some cases, criminals interfered with witnesses and police investigations. They trampled on rights of South Africans, Zuma said.

"You cannot allow a situation where justice and commission of crime live side by side."

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SOUTH AFRICA'S NEW PLAN: BE LIKE ZIMBABWE


Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun

March 3, 2017 5:47pm


South Africa is sliding, sliding ...

Next step, to be like Zimbabwe and throw whites off their productive farms:


President Jacob Zuma said 2017 is the year of 'taking land back to the people' and for this reason government will seek to change legislation to allow for land expropriation without compensation...

The Land Expropriation Bill was passed by Parliament in May last year... In its current form, the bill requires the state to exhaust efforts to purchase property on reasonable terms in the open market before being allowed to consider expropriating it.

The ANC however has in recent months hardened its stance on economic transformation, calling for deracialising over-concentrated sectors of the economy and transferring ownership from white people to the black majority among other matters...

Zuma said on Friday South Africa must move beyond "business as usual".

“We must seek new ways of doing things which will change the economic landscape in our country and ensure that the black majority shares in the wealth. Only then can we have true reconciliation and an expanded economic cake.”

I don't think this will end well.

And here is another example of the racism of the collectivist eft. By treating "whites" as a collective, Zuma will (allegedly) address a general unfairness by being grossly unfair - and racist - to individuals.

Plenty of room for cronyism here, too.

(Thanks to reader George.)

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Four land redistribution scenarios for South Africa – all of which are messy

By Staff WriterFebruary 4, 201755 Comments



Non-profit land-redistribution organisation Vumelana has revealed the four options President Zuma and the ANC are most likely to take in redistributing land to black South Africans by 2033 – and all of them are messy.

The scenarios were developed by a roundtable of 40 people who approach land reform from widely differing perspectives: policy makers and administrators, traditional leaders, communal property institution leaders, activists, business people, academics and consultants.

In total, the team’s discussions took into account the views of over 100 people, and resulted in four possible scenarios in which land redistribution could take place – and what the consequences would be for the country in the year 2030.


Scenario 1 – Connection and Capture



Scenario 1 follows land reform being captured by politically-connected interest groups who benefit at the expense of ordinary people.

In this case, South Africa’s wealthy and politically-connected would exploit the system of land redistribution for their own benefit. The “winners” are those who currently hold power in South Africa’s key business and political circles while the “losers” will be the ordinary people outside these networks of patronage.

There is very little tenure security for rural households and women remain particularly disadvantaged.

In this scenario:
•Following immense political pressure, the ANC turns to traditional leaders to gain more control of land in communal areas.
•Political connections and weak institutions continue to encourage self-serving behaviour.
•The land is used for the benefit of the few.
•South Africa is polarised along ethnic lines.


Scenario 2 – Market power and Concentration



In scenario 2 land reform changes the racial profile of concentrated commercial farming without broadening ownership to small farmers and local communities.

In effect it would only achieve half of the ANC’s redistribution goal and could arguably worsen the land situation in the country as the land is unlikely to be redistributed again to those in need as the gap in inequality increases.

In this scenario:
•Fiscal constraints and rising urban pressure frustrate attempts to accelerate land reform.
•Private initiatives look like a way out for the government.
•The government moves to expand the role of the private sector in land reform.
•Cities take centre stage and the focus on land reform declines.


Scenario 3 – Occupation and Confiscation



In scenario 3, deepening hardship and hunger drive a countrywide campaign of illegal occupation and invasion, eventually leading to confiscation without compensation.

This scenario posits a state of lawlessness as desperate South Africans take land illegally and unlawfully. However it is also likely to be the most damaging to the ANC as it does not address the actual issues of inequality and would undermine further efforts to do so.

In this scenario:
•Action is driven by landless people and the idea that land is a symbol of dispossession under colonialism and apartheid.
•Inaction by leaders across sectors heightens the frustration of the poor.
•Following its 2022 conference, the ruling party sides with opposition parties to amend the Constitution to allow for the illegal occupation.


Scenario 4 – Hard bargaining and Compromise

Business agreement

Scenario 4 entails an inclusive approach to land reform with a pro-poor orientation.

This will require policy makers create an “enabling” environment in which a wide range of actors can contribute to land reform.

Hard talk and compromises by government, small-scale farmers, land reform beneficiaries, civil society organisations and financing partners should open the way for a collaborative approach.

In this scenario:
•Policy makers create an enabling environment in which a wide range of actors can contribute to land reform.
•The context eases.
•Hard bargaining and compromises unclutter the policy agenda.
•New relationships start to bear fruit, but operating conditions remain difficult.


The majority of participants at the roundtable supported the view that the fourth scenario presents a plausible solution to addressing some of the current land reform challenges.

“Scenario 4 presents an ideal approach,” said Annelize Crosby, AgriSA’s legal and policy advisor.

“However, there is still need for engagement on it. The hard bargaining and compromise process leaves the country with no choice but to engage.

“To say we are going to expropriate 70% of land within a year or two is extremely disruptive – and if it happens within the next two years, it will be very disruptive indeed.”

https://businesstech.co.za/news/government/154617/four-land-redistribution-scenarios-for-south-africa-all-of-which-are-messy/
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

National 1.3.2017 11:15 am

Boer-Afrikaner ‘nation’ warns ANC of war over land

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for what they call "Boer Afrikaner people". Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA
Sakkie van der Merwe, a member of the Boer-Afrikaner Volksraad, is seen at a news conference in Pretoria, Wednesday, 23 July 2014 on upcoming talks with government about territorial self-determination for what they call "Boer Afrikaner people".
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The group also said lack of action against farm murders would be seen ‘as an act of hostility against the white population’.


The fight for the land ownership is reaching heated levels apparently – it’s “war against the Boer Afrikaner people”, the Boer Afrikaner Volksraad had warned the ANC.

The Afrikaner activist group says it will not recognise any law that makes nationalisation of land without compensation legal, even if it comes from parliament.

“Deprivation, dispossession and occupation of our country in terms of any law shall be considered formal acts of war against the Boer Afrikaner people, which we have to defend against and retaliate with internationally accepted means and methods in order to ensure our ownership and recovery,” wrote the organisation in Afrikaans.

This after the EFF on Tuesday called for the expropriation of land without compensation in parliament. The motion was tabled by EFF leader Julius Malema, who called for black people to unite in ensuring that section 25 of the constitution is amended so to make it constitutionally possible to nationalise the South African land without compensation.

However, ANC member of parliament Phumuzile Ngwenya-Mabila immediately said in her speech that the ruling party understood the history of “land dispossession”.

She said the idea of land expropriation without compensation remained unconstitutional, and she also disagreed with the proposition by the EFF to amend section 25.

As it stands, section 25 of the constitution prohibits expropriation of land without compensation. Section 25, subsection 3 says: “The amount of the compensation and the time and manner of payment must be just and equitable, reflecting an equitable balance between the public interest and the interests of those affected, having regard to all relevant circumstances.”

The Boer Afrikaner Volksraad also said lack of action against farm murders would be seen “as an act of hostility against the white population”.

“Since time immemorial it was the accepted right of peoples to defend their territorial integrity against such abuses, as Britain did for example in 1982 when Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands.

“Similarly, there are many examples in the history of third parties who intervened to protect the territorial integrity of small nations against states and governments that their superiors may abuse to rob others. A recent example is the US-led Gulf War of 1990-1991 against Iraq when the latter Kuwait annexed.

“The fact this has been researched on several occasions in the well-documented history of land occupation and land ownership in South Africa, and can be easily checked. Nevertheless, the ANC has repeatedly claimed that the land we own was stole from black people.

“Therefore, any act of Parliament that allows expropriation of our land or any other property without compensation, or even compensation for purposes other than that which is essential for the creation of physical infrastructure, [will be] deemed legalization of theft of our property.

“We will not recognize it as legitimate legislation, and in the light of the aforesaid statements by government spokespeople and the lack of political will of the government to act strongly in order to fight farm attacks (which is in itself a hostile failure against which retaliation would fair), we will take it as an act of hostility against the white population.”

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Rural Zimbabwe Empties as Mugabe Land Reform Policy Unravels

Bloomberg News

‎February‎ ‎28‎, ‎2017‎ ‎5‎:‎00‎ ‎PM Updated on ‎March‎ ‎1‎, ‎2017‎ ‎6‎:‎47‎ ‎AM


Agrarian economy collapses following farm seizures, drought


President Mugabe says land reform addresses injustice


Zimbabwe's President Robert Gabriel Mugabe
Photographer: Giles Clarke/Getty Images


Forests engulf fields that used to produce some of the world’s best tobacco around the northern Zimbabwean town of Banket, while barns that once stored the leaf stand empty, their corrugated iron roofs ripped off and sold for scrap. Most of the farm workers have left.

“We are 15 here now, from roughly 50,” said 25-year-old Bruce Mahenya, who lives in a mud-and-grass hut behind a defunct trading store on a farm about 95 kilometers (60 miles) northwest of the capital, Harare. “My mother, father and brother have gone. I said I would remain alone in case things get better, but it’s hard.”

It’s a familiar story across vast tracts of Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe’s goal of transforming the countryside through the seizure of about 4,500 white-owned commercial farms remains illusive. Some of the best acreage fell into ruin because senior ruling party officials who took it over had no farming expertise. Other farms also failed because they were given to small producers with no money to pay for fertilizer and equipment. In recent years, the crisis has been compounded by drought followed by torrential rains.


Many of those who have abandoned their farms joined an exodus of an estimated 3 million Zimbabweans to South Africa and other countries or moved to overcrowded urban townships. As many as 4 million Zimbabweans, about a quarter of the population, need food aid, according to the government.


No Assistance

“We thought when we were placed there that we’d be helped, but no, we were just left,” said Alec Kaitano, a 23-year-old who abandoned his smallholding outside the northeastern town of Bindura a year ago and survives by selling blemished fruit he finds in garbage cans in Harare. “Those white farmers we displaced had money to farm, but we didn’t so we failed.”

Read more on Zimbabwe’s economic crisis

United Nations data shows the proportion of the population living in towns surged to about 32 percent in 2015, from 11 percent in 1950, a trend that’s broadly in line with other African countries. While more recent data isn’t readily available, observations of the countryside and anecdotal evidence suggest migration is accelerating.

Fields bordering a highway linking Harare and the second city of Bulawayo that used to be planted with corn, soy and cotton are now overwhelmingly fallow, and police officers manning roadblocks along the 366-kilometer route outnumber farm workers and pedestrians.

Addressing Injustices


Mugabe, who’s ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, says the land redistribution program that intensified around 2000 with the expropriations is a success because it addressed the injustices of colonial and white-minority rule.

“Most of the land which used to be in the hands of the settlers is now in the hands of our own people,” Mugabe told the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corp. in an interview screened on Feb. 21 to mark his 93rd birthday. “What there is now for us is to ensure there won’t be any retrogression, that those who have been given the land will keep it, will use it, cultivate it properly and ensure it is made productive.”

The government is aware some land is standing idle and will take action once it completes an audit to determine the scope of the problem, Lands and Resettlement Minister Douglas Mombeshora said in an interview.

Some small-scale tobacco growers who’ve benefited from technical assistance and support from companies including British American Tobacco Plc are faring better than their more numerous counterparts who grow corn. Tobacco output has recovered from its lowest levels in 40 years in the mid-2000s and may reach near-record sales this year.

Drought, Rains


The government can do nothing about the weather. The region’s worst drought in at least two decades wiped out much of the corn crop last year, while this year’s harvests are at risk from unseasonably heavy rain that’s left fields waterlogged and rendered many rural roads unusable. Farms have also been hit by an infestation of fall armyworms, a caterpillar native to the Americas that eats crops including corn, the staple food.

Elliot Gumbo, who grows corn and tobacco on a smallholding near the northern town of Karoi, is among the dwindling number of small-scale farmers who continue to tough it out, but says he doesn’t know how long he’ll last.

“Last year we had a drought and this year the tobacco is turning yellow because we’ve had too much rain,” he said. “There’s no help from government because they’re also broke. I get help from my brother in Britain who sends me money. If it wasn’t for him, I would have to probably try to find work in town or leave.”

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Land reform is a political ploy

2017-02-26 06:29


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In “Return land to the people” (City Press, February 19 2017), Deputy Minister Ayanda Dlodlo argued for the expropriation of white-owned land without compensation. “Our pursuit of economic justice through the resolution of the land question can no lo, but a reality of today,” she said, adding that “Our people have suffered too long to stand idle and nurse the feelings of those who hold on to white privilege to the exclusion of the rest.”

As with the ANC and other leftist movements, Dlodlo is either ill-informed, or doesn’t care about the truth, which is that the cry for land reform is a political ploy that is not supported by the people and is severely detrimental to South Africans.

So let’s deal with these points one by one.

Fewer than 1% of black people have instituted land claims and a mere 7% of those who did have indicated that they actually want land. The rest have said that they would prefer money. A recent study by the South African Institute of Race Relations found that only 1% of people believe that more land reform would improve people’s lives.

Also, black South Africans, more than any other group, seem to want to live in cities, rather than in rural areas. From 2000 to 2013, the population of so-called black Africans in Johannesburg increased by 66.6%. The corresponding number for Cape Town is 79.6% and for Pretoria it is 63.4%.

According to the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, more than 90% of farms redistributed from white people to black people fail and usually revert to either subsistence farming or squatter camps.

This is a disastrous policy – not only for the farms that have been taken from white people and given to black people, but for the employees who are left without jobs, the local communities, and for every single person living within the borders of South Africa, including the majority of black people who would prefer to live in cities, rather than on farms. Ironically, at the same time government also expects the declining agricultural community to create 1 million additional jobs by 2030.

The disastrous consequence of land reform should not be surprising if it is kept in mind that only 2.8% of all university students enrol for agricultural science or similar courses. This, combined with the chaotic state of South Africa’s agricultural colleges, makes it quite predictable that education and training in the science of agriculture are in a dismal state.

If government was serious about black land ownership, it would do well to take advice from the Free Market Foundation and AfriBusiness: The single biggest step that government can take to “give land back to the people” would be to convert RDP housing from government-owned land to full and unrestricted freehold title for the people living on it. The right to own property is, however, denied in townships and, quite ironically, this amounts to racial discrimination against black people.

The fact is that, for the ANC, it’s not about uplifting black people as much as about centralising power in the ANC-run state – a point that Dlodlo accidentally exposes when she rails about the fact that the state “only” owns 14 out of every 100 hectares of land in this country.

Ernst Roets is deputy CEO of AfriForum

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

National 4.3.2017 11:44 am

DA MP hopeful Jeremy Mansfield calls Zuma statements racist


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Jeremy Mansfield as Abanazar during a rehearsal for Janice Honeyman's Aladdin tio run at the Joburg theatre. FILE PIC. Picture: Neil McCartney

The popular presenter wants the president, who leads a nonracial party, to define what constitutes a ‘black political party’.


TV and radio personality Jeremy Mansfield, who has said he’s hoping to go to parliament as a DA MP, took to Facebook to criticise the president’s use of the term “black parties”.

Speaking at his annual address to the National House of Traditional Leaders on Friday, President Jacob Zuma said it was time for “black political parties” in Parliament to unite on the land issue. This was despite his party, the ANC, having rejected an offer by the EFF this week, to join forces to change the constitution and make expropriation without compensation legal.

He said that the taking away of the land remained at the heart of problems for black people.

“The economy is not in our hands, we are not in control of economic power.”

“We have identified the weaknesses in [land reform]. Willing buyer, willing seller did not work. It made the state’s price tag an unfair process. In addition, there are many laws dealing with land which cause confusion and delays.

“Land hunger is real.” He said he wanted to see a “precolonial land audit” conducted.

It was reported that the traditional leaders said they wanted “the land back”.

Zuma said last month that he was in favour of a legal change regarding land. He believes this is important for his agenda of “radical economic transformation” announced during his state of the nation address.

He also called on the support of traditional leaders to resolve the issue of land redistribution in South Africa.

In response, Mansfield wrote on Facebook on Friday: “President Zuma addressing the opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders today said the constitution would have to be changed to allow for restitution of land without compensation.

“He then went on to state that to do this, the ‘black parties’ in Parliament would need to show unity.

“Define a ‘black’ party Mr. President, so that all the ‘black’ people know who to vote for and all the ‘white’ people know they are not welcome there.

“Why don’t we just call it Zumaparthate Version 2.0?

“You and your cronies are creating a divisive environment in every way for the citizens of this country your are supposed to serve. Am I the only one who finds this racist?”

It’s unclear which parties Zuma was referring to and which of them would be happy to be considered exclusively black. Both the DA and the ANC officially define themselves as entirely nonracial parties.

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More than 1,000 white farmers killed in South Africa since 1990


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April 27, 2016


Vineyards sit beneath hills at a farm near Stellenbosch, in the country's wine producing region, South Africa, November 13, 2015 (Reuters Photo)



Since 1990, a total of 1,081 white commercial farmers have reportedly been murdered in South Africa, the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (TAU SA) has told Anadolu Agency.

Chris Van Zyl, assistant general manager of TAU SA, said the major reason for the attacks was basic criminality, but in some cases, racist comments were reportedly uttered at their victims.

"The [fact that the] majority of farmers murdered were white whilst the criminals were black, poses the question whether a racist bias was present or not," he told Anadolu Agency in an interview.

According to TAU SA, 60 black farmers were murdered on their farms in the same time period.

The majority of commercial farmers in the country are white, as is the union. Van Zyl a retired military major general who now dedicates his time to research farm attacks, says the latter are usually brutal compared to other crimes in the country.

He said farmers and their families were usually tied up and repeatedly tortured by criminals during the attacks, leading either to serious injuries or death.

"Evidence of deliberate torture is present in many cases," he said.

He said that although farm attacks happened frequently in South Africa, they are rarely reported in the media.

"We depend on informal sources to compile the statistics because the police have ceased to make the figures public," he said.

A media liaison officer with the government body Statistics SA told Anadolu Agency, it did not release statistics on farm murders.

Politics professor Andre Duvenhage of the North-West University, near Johannesburg, said relaxed security in rural areas had greatly contributed to these attacks.

"I also strongly believe there are elements of racism in some of these attacks. Because sometimes you find some people are killed brutally with 60 stab wounds. This is excessively cruel," he told Anadolu Agency Monday.

In a 2014 report, titled The Reality of Farm Tortures in South Africa, civil rights group AfriForum said that, 15 years ago, there were 100,000 commercial farmers in the country. The numbers drastically declined to 36,000 today, mainly due to violence against farmers. But Lorraine Claasen, a researcher at AFri-Forum, acknowledged there were other reasons pushing out farmers.

"Big farms are buying out smaller ones, while there is the issue of the Land Claims Act where the state buys land from farmers and redistributes [it] to landless people," Claasen explained.

"If the crisis of farm murders and tortures is not addressed, it will impact negatively not only the agricultural community, but South Africa as a whole," the group warned.

"This year seems to be extremely violent regarding the number of murders committed during the attacks," Lorraine Claasen told Anadolu Agency.

Claasen added certain white farmers and their families had already emigrated from South Africa because of fear of being attacked.

South Africa has one of the leading crime rates in the world. Crime statistics, released in October 2015, revealed that 17,805 people were murdered in South Africa between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015.

The figures show that 49 people are killed each day in Africa's most developed economy.

Police spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said security forces were doing their utmost to deal with farm attacks .

''The police have a rural safety program dealing with crimes in rural areas where these farms are located,'' he told Anadolu Agency on Monday.

He said the police have a good working relationship with farming communities particularly those with community policing forums.

"We are doing our best in eradicating crime. We are also working with farmers to avoid stock theft in their areas,''he added.

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British woman killed in South Africa after robbers torture her with blow torch and leave her husband for dead



Sue Howarth in a coma in hospital before her death, with her close friend Claire Taylor by her bedside. Claire said: 'She would have wanted the world to see what happened to her. What they did to her.'



By Stuart Graham, Johannesburg
23 February 2017 • 5:00pm


A British woman has died after a horrific attack, during which robbers burned her with a blow torch before shooting her and stuffing a plastic bag down her throat in eastern South Africa.

Sue Howarth, 64, and her husband Robert Lynn, 66, were asleep when they were attacked in their farmhouse near the trout fishing village of Dullstroom around 3am on Sunday morning, said Johan Pieterse, the manager of the security company that found the couple.

“The attackers broke into the house through a window and demanded cash,” he told The Telegraph “There was no money in the house so they used a blow torch on them.”


“Mr Lynn was stabbed in his stomach, hands and neck. Mrs Howarth was burned on her face.”

The attackers forced the couple into their pickup truck before driving them away from the farm.

Mr Lynn was shot in the neck and dumped in the bush with a black plastic bag tied over his head.

When the attackers drove off, he stumbled towards the road between the small towns of between Belfast and Stoffberg, where he found Mrs Howarth, unconscious with a bag shoved down her throat.


Sue Howarth was well known at sheepdog trials in the area

Sue Howarth was well known at sheepdog trials in the area Credit: Enterprise News and Pictures


A passerby found the couple and stopped to help. A security officer arrived soon after and cut the bag off Mrs Howarth’s head.

“Our officer called an ambulance and the police,” Mr Pieterse said.

The couple were taken to a hospital in the town of Middelburg. Mrs Howarth had multiple skull fractures. Both victims had burn wounds.

Mrs Howarth, who was known as “The English Girl” by her friends in Dullstroom, never regained consciousness. Her life support was switched off on Tuesday. Mr Lynn was released from hospital on Wednesday.

Police found the couple’s pickup truck abandoned in front of a tavern in Middelburg on Tuesday morning.

Farmers in the area have rallied around Mr Lynn, who is at home and in shock.

Mr Pieterse said the attack on the couple was one of the worst he had experienced in his career in the security industry.


The home at Marshland Farm in Dullstroom where Sue Howarth

The couple's home in Dullstroom Credit: Enterprise News and Pictures


“I was fine until I went to see Robert last night,” he said. “What I saw is not normal… The way the were tortured, it’s not human. When I spoke to Robert, it tore me apart. I don’t know how he is coping.”

A spokesman said detectives were expecting to make arrests in the coming hours.

Mrs Howarth was well known at sheepdog trials in the area. She kept three rescue Border Collies on her farm.

A family friend, Vincent Taylor, offered a £1200 reward for information that will lead to arrests.

The attack comes barely a week after British grandparents Roger and Christine Solik - who moved from Wales to South Africa in 1981 - were killed in the robbery at their countryside estate in the KwaZulu-Natal province.

Police are still hunting for the killers who broke into the couples house before tying them up and dumping them in a river. Christine, 57, was found dead in a river 45 miles from her home and the body of Parkinson's sufferer Roger, 66, discovered the next day.


Last week Monday, a family of four was shot and killed on their farm in the town Balfour, about two hours drive south of where Mrs Howarth was attacked. Mr Gert Smuts, 78, his wife Paulina Smuts, 70, their son and daughter-in-law, were killed in their home.

The civil rights group, Afriforum, which held a wreath laying for the couple on Thursday, said Mrs Howarth is the 15th person to have been killed in a farm attack in South Africa this month.

Mrs Howarth's family are due to travel to to South Africa to attend a memorial for her in Dullstroom. She will be cremated and her ashes flown back to the England.

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( an interesting video from the rebel about the recent events in south Africa )


March 06, 2017

Race war in South Africa? Party leader urges blacks, "take back land from 'Dutch thugs'"

Christopher Wilson
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Last week South African President Jacob Zuma called for the expropriation of land owned by whites via a change in the constitution, making the call while speaking to parliament. He asked for unity between the black parties to reach the two thirds majority needed to carry the constitutional change.



According to the Telegraph, Zuma wants a “pre-colonial land audit of land use and occupation patterns” before the new law is passed.

Zuma was later quoted in the Daily Mail saying:


“Once the audit is completed, one law should be written so that we can handle land restitution without compensation. The necessary constitutional changes will be made. The black parties should unite on this issue.”

Zuma belongs to the governing African National Congress (ANC), reeling after losing control of major cities Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Port Elizabeth in elections last August to the modern, multi-racial, and pluralistic Democratic Alliance.

President Zuma has also been embroiled in scandal after scandal after coming to power in 2009.

Watch as I explain the political situation and why racial tensions reached a high point in South Africa as of last week.

I don’t think we will see any conflict just yet and hopefully never.

All of this is eerily similar to what was happening in Zimbabwe about 15 years ago when President Robert Mugabe began his government’s form of land reform which saw thousands of white farmers flee their farms as the land was taken from them.

South Africa is a place close to my heart. I’ve spent significant time there over the years and I truly believe that the country can be a great example of pluralism on a continent known for constant conflict.

It will always be a majority black nation and minority rule will never return but the one party stranglehold on government the ANC has held, could end.

There is reason to be hopeful with the rising popularity of the multi-racial, classically liberal Democratic Alliance party.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

South Africa has been on a slow slide towards Mugabe-ism for a decade or more. But if they take the land of the Boers simply to sever the white population's link to the country, it will amount to declaring war. I don't know that modern day Boers are as knobby as they used to be.

The fact that it requires a constitutional change tells you that the 'deal' struck between the whites and the blacks is being broken. It's not politically correct to say so, no doubt, but it seems clear that if this is the outcome, it is because the black politicians are looking for people to victimize.
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