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Aug 25 2018

How Land Reform Works in South Africa

Anyone opposing the race-based “land reform” gathering steam in South Africa must be a racist, to judge by the shrill proclamations of mainstream media outlets. South African expat Ilana Mercer describes what land reform currently means:

The process currently in place typically begins with a “tribe” or group of individuals who band together to claim vast tracts of private property. …

No sooner does this newly constituted “tribe” (or band of bandits, really) launch a claim with the South African Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, than related squatters – sometimes in the thousands – move to colonize the land.

They defile its grounds and groundwater by using these as one vast toilet; and terrorize, sometimes kill, its occupants and their animals in the hope of “nudging” them off the land.

This sort of thuggery was baked into the cake of post-Apartheid South Africa.

The ANC’s old Soviet-inspired Freedom Charter promised this: “All shall have the right to occupy land wherever they choose.”

Here is the result now that the ANC is in charge and this principle is applied at the expense of the people who have been feeding South Africa for the past several centuries:

Because of legal claims they are powerless to fight, squatters whom they cannot fend off, and cattle, crops and families which they can no longer protect, farmers have already been pushed to abandon hundreds of thousands of hectares of prime commercial farmland.

“Since the end of apartheid in 1994, when multi-racial elections were held,” wrote Dan McDougal of the London Times, millions of “acres of productive farmland have been transferred to black ownership. Much of it is now lying fallow, creating no economic benefit for the nation or its new owners.”

The farms aren’t always entirely given over to weeds. Sometimes the highly productive professional farms are replaced with subsistence level farming.

Already, South Africa has become a net importer of food, just like Rhodesia, the former Breadbasket of Africa, which collapsed into dysfunction after it became Zimbabwe and whites were pushed off their land.

Aidan Hartley of the London Times describes what land reform looks like in Mpumalanga, South Africa:

“Once-productive maize fields now grow only weeds. Citrus orchards are dying, their valuable fruit rotting on the branches. Machinery lies about rusting. Irrigation pipes have been looted and farm sheds are derelict and stripped of roofing. Windbreak trees have been hacked down and roads are potholed.”

It is about to get much worse. Official confiscation of white property without compensation has begun. Soon the constitution will be amended to explicitly allow it.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

One Response to “How Land Reform Works in South Africa”

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