Quick Takes – South African Land Grab: Just Kidding; Actually Not Kidding; Seriously Not Yours Anymore

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

The focus this time: All Your Farm Are Belong To Us

     First, a little soothing, dulcet mood music:

     Carrying on…

     Though present in South Africa longer than the expansionist and conquering Bantu-speaking peoples, and having as a distinct people and culture that is indiginous to South Africa, the Afrikaaners (née Boers) have feared the targeting as a numerical minority within South Africa. So, good fortune then that a land expropriation bill from 2016 is being withdrawn…

“South Africa’s parliament withdrew an expropriation bill it passed in 2016 that allowed the state to make compulsory purchases of land to redress racial disparities in ownership, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said on Tuesday.”

     Oh, wait…

“The thrust of the bill, which had not been signed into law, has been overtaken by a proposal by the ANC to change the constitution to allow the expropriation of land without compensation.”


     But the corrupt leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) has decided that vengeance and potential for personal financial gain is more important than actual human rights…

“After months of talks, the country is set to go ahead with the proposals that will see farms seized without compensation – something critics have said will be devastating.

“The country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has been attempting to amend South Africa’s constitution for months, but has been met with stiff opposition.

“But now the controversial seizures will become legal after the changes were approved by a parliamentary review committee.”


     And so it begins:

“South Africa has set a date for when its much-criticised land expropriations can begin after a politician declared: ‘Your time is up, white people’.


“[T]he ruling ANC’s Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu dismissed the controversy, saying land reforms are “the right thing to do”.

“It is believed that when South Africa’s Constitution is amended, it could be done by inserting into Section 25 the phrase: ‘Zero compensation may be regarded as just and equitable’.

“South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has previously defended his radical plans, saying they are necessary for equality.”


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