Will South Africa Pass New Law to "Legally" Confiscate White Farmer's Land ?
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has ruled that African National Congress must now initiate a parliamentary process to reserve the right of legalized land grabs of white farmer's land without compensation.
Ramaphosa, who previously vowed to return farmland owned by the white farmers since the 1600s to the country's black population, said on Tuesday that ANC would introduce a constitutional amendment in parliament.
Ramaphosa, who is a millionaire ex-businessman, said "it has become pertinently clear that our people want the constitution to be more explicit" in his proposal.
The proposal is viewed by the South African white minority as "forceful expulsion" which can incite violence against farmers.
In June, Neon Nettle reported that one of the most prominent politicians in South Africa has suggested that he may soon call for white genocide in his country.
Julius Malema, aka the "Hitler of South Africa," has stated in an interview that he won't order the slaughter of White citizens, "at least not for now."
During an interview with TRT World News that was published this week, Malema declared:
"We have not called for the killing of white people."At least for now."I can’t guarantee the future."
According to RT: "The ANC will through the parliamentary process finalize the proposed amendment to the constitution that outlines more clearly the conditions under which expropriation of land without compensation can be effected," Ramaphosa, a prominent trade union leader and a close associate of Nelson Mandela, said in a televised address on Tuesday.
There have been growing fears that the planned expropriation will deal a blow to commercial farming in the country and might put it on the verge of a food production crisis, like the one that struck Zimbabwe when it unleashed a similar crackdown on white farmers in 1999-2000.
Promoting his plan to boost land redistribution in March, Ramaphosa sought to assure white citizens, who constitute roughly nine percent of the total population, that the government would handle the controversial matter through "dialog, discussion, engagement, until we find good solutions that take our country forward."
"There is no reason for anyone of us to panic and start beating war drums," he said at the time, noting that nothing should prevent farming activities from continuing as normal.
South Africa | Mrs. Heila Killian (63) was murdered on the 16th of April 2018 on her sisters farm "Gazania Nursery" just outside Stilbaai, Western-Cape! Another victim of the senseless slaughter of our farmers in South Africa!#StopFarmMurders | #LandExpropriation | pic.twitter.com/qxVS1IR0L9 — Jean Kriek (@JeanKriek) July 25, 2018
However, many of the Boers, descendants of Dutch settlers in South Africa, do not take the government's promises at face value, instead seeking asylum abroad from what they say is a surge in violence and government-fueled hostility against them.
Last month, a call from Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to provide emergency visas for South Africa's white farmers, who are reportedly facing persecution at home, sparked a diplomatic scandal, with the head of the South African opposition labeling Australia "a racist country" for granting refuge to white farmers both in the Mandela era and now.
The Boers have also appealed to Russia, seeking to resettle farmers who no longer feel at home in South Africa.
A delegation consisting of some 30 South African farming families arrived in Russia's farm belt Stavropol Region last month, asking the local authorities to consider resettling up to 15,000 Boers.
Moving "is a matter of life and death" for them the head of the delegation told the media.
The region's Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights Vladimir Poluboyarenko told RT earlier there is a plan in place to resettle up to 50 Boer families and potentially some 500, who would arrive to Stavropol with their own cattle.