The South African government has begun the of seizing land from white farmers.
A record number of farms are hitting the market in South Africa as hundreds of white farmers try desperately to offload land and leave the country to places like Australia and others(where they're able to apply for refugee status) before the government confiscates their acreage.
Local newspaper City Press reports two farms in the northern province of Limpopo are the first to be targeted for unilateral seizure after negotiations with the owners to purchase the properties stalled.
While the government claims it intends to pay, owners Akkerland Boerdery wanted 200 million rand ($18.7 million) for the land — they’re being offered just 20 million rand ($1.87 million) one-tenth of asking price. When the farmers refused the offer, the government issued a summons, evicting the farmers from their land, this is a very dark start to the already extremely racist and Orwellian laws and policies that have been implemented, with more on its way.
“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,” a letter sent to the owners earlier this year said.
Akkerland Boerdery obtained an urgent injunction to prevent eviction until a court had ruled on the issue, but the Department of Rural Development and Land Affairs is opposing the application, by Monday, a court ruled in favor of the government paving the way for expropriation. The government reportedly plans to act quickly, according to local media.
“What makes the Akkerland case unique is that they apparently were not given the opportunity to first dispute the claim in court, as the law requires,” AgriSA union spokeswoman Annelize Crosby told the paper.
It comes as the South African government pushes ahead with plans to amend the country’s constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation from white farmers, something that has been planned for years and has since earlier this year been announced to be going ahead when President Cyril Ramaphosa announced this decision at the end of the national executive committee's two-day lekgotla held in Irene, outside Pretoria.
Earlier this month, City Press reported the government had drawn up a list of 139 farms it planned to seize to "test out” section 25 of the constitution. this "test" is a country-wide "redistribution" scheme that would put the same land into the hands of the country's black residents as unjustified restitution for the unequal racial makeup of farmland owners in South Africa and this somehow caused or is related to the poverty wrought by Apartheid. The farm expropriated in Monday's case is allegedly on that list.
The newspaper said employees at the department had been ordered to press ahead with the process at the Land Claims Court.
If the seizures go ahead, it would be the first time the state refuses to pay market value for land. Since the end of apartheid in 1994, the ANC has followed a “willing seller, willing buyer” process to redistribute white-owned farms to blacks.
African National Congress (ANC's) chairman Gwede Mantashe "sparked panic" when he agreed with reparations activists, telling a crowd that no white landowner should be allowed to control more than 25,000 acres.
“You shouldn’t own more than 25,000 acres of land," Mantashe said. “Therefore if you own more it should be taken without compensation."
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reportedly working on a plan to rewrite the country's constitution to allow for the land grab, under pressure from the far left within his own country who are challenging the ANC in upcoming elections by telling voters they'll grab the land without approval.
"We are not advocating for a white genocide. But the land belongs to us. We will do everything we can to get it back," one far left leader told media during a meeting last week.
This has the potential to become one the worst humanitarian disasters we've seen in over a decade, the ANC government and its supporters are either knowingly or unknowingly repeating history, a disastrous history that to this day still affects places like zimbabwe, these policies will risk a genocide and even a famine, this is a bad start to what will be an awful end.