Land expropriation has officially begun in South Africa this week.
The African National Congress government is now seizing land from white farmers, in particular two properties in the province of Limpopo after talks with the owners to purchase the farms collapsed.
Akkerland Boerdery requested their land’s value of 200 million Rand ($14.1m) so they could afford to survive without the private property, but the government offered just a tenth of that. Now the farms will be taken without consent or compensation.
These are just two or 139 farms on a leaked list of the government’s first targets. Reported originally by South African-based media outlet City Press, this bundle of expropriations will act as a test run of Section 25 of the constitution.
Implementation has commenced six months after it was approved by the multi-party Parliament, and just as former President Jacob Zuma was replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa.
This is the goal the Black First Land First political party, who frequently display the slogan, “Land or Death”, has been advocating for.
In addition to this, the South African government has been touring the country asking the public their view on whether the constitutional amendment should be finalized. Since the nation’s racial demographics consist of an 8% white population and a 92% black population (FACT CHECK), the electorate swing overwhelmingly in favour of the land expropriation policy.
Meanwhile in Europe, despite the EU urging its member-states to accept Syrian refugees fleeing from their country’s humanitarian crisis, the same standard need not apply for white South Africans. The continent has maintained its silence on land expropriation as it commences.
In addition, the United Kingdom’s Minister of State in the Foreign Office Harriett Baldwin has clarified the nation’s support for the actions of the South African government.
After Conservative MP Paul Beresford inquired what the UK’s position is on behalf of a concerned constituent, the Minister of State emailed the following response.
‘The British government understands the need for land reform in South Africa’, and Ramaphosa’s promise that “the process of land [re]distribution would be orderly within South African laws … without negatively affecting economic growth, agricultural production and food security” is “welcomed”.
This email was subsequently passed onto the constituent, who leaked the contents to Breitbart London.
While Ramaphosa may insist white-owned land can be confiscated without “deterring investment”, when the policy was announced investors were immediately alarmed. The South African Rand, the national currency, plummeted overnight to 13.40 per U.S. dollar. And the ever-increasing rate of unemployment hit 27.2% early this month.
Now expropriation has began implementation, who knows how further the economy will be disadvantaged, or more worrying, on how many occasions will the human rights of land-owning farmers be violated.