August 23, 2018
This is progressing rapidly!
South Africa’s president has declared it is time to ‘correct a past wrong’ by seizing land from white farmers – and a £10million family ranch is among his first targets.
President Cyril Ramaphosa wants to take lands from white farmers without compensation and redistribute them to black farmers to make up for the injustice of apartheid.
He said at a farmers’ conference on Monday that land reform was necessary to ‘correct a past wrong.’
‘It has required that we confront the injustices of the past, acknowledge our weaknesses and shortcomings, and seek a sustainable path towards a just and inclusive future,’ Ramaphosa said.
‘This is the time for South Africans to find each other, not fight each other.’
Since the 1994 end of apartheid – a system of racial segregation – the South African ruling party has followed a ‘willing-seller, willing-buyer’ model under which the government buys white-owned farms for redistribution to black farmers.
But progress has been slow and it appears Ramaphosa wants to more vigorously force the pace of change.
His government has begun the process of seizing farms where negotiations over compensation have failed.
And it gets better.
Johan Steenkamp and Arnold Cloete, co-owners of the Akkerland Boerdery hunting farm in Limpopo province, said they were ordered to hand over their land after talks to buy it at a tenth of the price broke down.
Steenkamp and Cloete asked for 200million rand (£10.7million) for their reserve but were only offered 20million rand (£1.07million).
A letter they received earlier in the year said: ‘Notice is hereby given that a terrain inspection will be held on the farms on April 5, 2018 at 10am in order to conduct an audit of the assets and a handover of the farm’s keys to the state.’
The farmers have obtained an injunction, which was opposed by the government, to prevent eviction until a court rules on the case.
Mr Steenkamp told Newsweek that the decision to take his land was made on ‘very short notice’ during a public holiday.
He said he was given notice to hand the keys over to his farm within seven days.
Well let’s start the countdown clock.
I feel bad about the animals though.
The blacks will probably poach them.
Or eat them.
They sure as shit aren’t going to be able to run a wildlife preserve.
If they don’t eat the owner of the preserve first.
The White farmers like to say that without them, the blacks won’t be able to grow crops.
Well, have they considered that if the blacks run out of crops to eat.