February 21, 2018
South Africa’s new president Cyril Ramaphosa—widely being hailed as Africa’s new savior by international media—has vowed to seize land belonging to white farmers without compensation and hand it over to blacks—even though he has admitted that land already given to blacks for the purpose of farming is “lying derelict.”
According to reports in the South African media, Ramaphosa said that the policy of land seizure without compensation was taken by the ANC at its 54th Congress, where he was elected ANC President.
Referring to the uncompensated land grab as “land redistribution“, the new President has warned white farmers that their private property now belongs to the government.
“We will accelerate our land redistribution program not only to redress a grave historical injustice, but also to bring more producers into the agricultural sector and to make more land available for cultivation,” Ramaphosa said during his maiden State of the Nation Address in Parliament last Friday.
“We will pursue a comprehensive approach that makes effective use of all the mechanisms at our disposal. Guided by the resolutions of the 54th National Conference of the governing party, this approach will include the expropriation of land without compensation,” he said.
Earlier, Ramaphosa told News24 that he would like a study of farms that have already been seized and redistributed to black South Africans since 1994.
“The real issue, though, is that most of the redistributed land is lying derelict at the moment,” he said. “It’s not being worked.”