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Mulder: Land reform debate needed

2012-06-07 13:43

Cape Town - The debate on land reform should be opened up to provide some certainty to commercial farmers who are thinking about fleeing the country, Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder said on Thursday.

"Commercial farmers are uncertain about their future. Fifteen years ago there were 60 000 farmers, but now there are only 37 000 farmers. There are 24 African countries asking for our farmers," he said.

Land reform was an emotional issue but had to be discussed by a cross-section of the population to evoke debate and find workable solutions.

Shutting down debate because it was a sensitive issue, he said, would say a lot about the state of the government.

Mulder - who serves as deputy agriculture minister - was speaking at a breakfast hosted by the Cape Town Press Club.

In a debate on President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address in February, Mulder was shut down for saying that black "Bantu-speaking" people had no historical claim to land in SA.

Zuma reprimanded him for his "careless and callous manner" of approaching the land issue.

"That is why we have been very careful on this matter, and I don't think we should provoke emotions in this country. We shouldn't.

"It's wrong, it's not good leadership, no matter what your constituents may think," Zuma had said of Mulder.

Mulder acknowledged government's introduction of a green paper on land reform but said people should be free to voice their opinion.

His opinion was that he had seen many black farmers who had been given land and were extremely successful; he had also seen those who had not been as lucky, proving that "land alone does not guarantee wealth".

The views on land reform, however, would continue to be inextricably linked to the perceptions and values of those with a voice.

Mulder said putting food security on the agenda would make the debate more balanced "because if we don't produce food, we're in trouble".

According to Mulder, 30% of productive, arable land had been "lost" since 1994, mostly due to failed land restitution.

"That is a big worry because we can't continue this...(having a situation) of less farmers and more people to feed."

Comments
  • fritz.louw - 2012-06-07 13:58

    Dr Mulder, can you please find out why we still don't know what is going on with the land claim in the Badfontein area of Lydenburg Mpumalanga? This is after the claim was officially gazetted in 2004.

  • Sagin - 2012-06-07 14:09

    Dr Mulder, no matter what concessions are made to farmers, if any, or what outcome such discussions will have, eventually they will take it all. the only thing equal to the black mans hatred of the white man, is their greed. enough will never be enough and even when the last handfulls of competent farmers are left and the country is ruined, 'they' will still want more.

  • Sagin - 2012-06-07 14:09

    Dr Mulder, no matter what concessions are made to farmers, if any, or what outcome such discussions will have, eventually they will take it all. the only thing equal to the black mans hatred of the white man, is their greed. enough will never be enough and even when the last handfulls of competent farmers are left and the country is ruined, 'they' will still want more.

  • Sagin - 2012-06-07 14:09

    Dr Mulder, no matter what concessions are made to farmers, if any, or what outcome such discussions will have, eventually they will take it all. the only thing equal to the black mans hatred of the white man, is their greed. enough will never be enough and even when the last handfulls of competent farmers are left and the country is ruined, 'they' will still want more.

  • Boeretroos - 2012-06-07 15:14

    The time has come for all citizens of african origin to recognize that the anc are responsible for all the lack of jobs, a laizes fair attitude towards the escalation of violent crimes, inneptness of peaceful co-existance between races, the corruptness of governance, the failing infrastructure and the destruction of agriculture and farming. To continue support of this villainous regime is to sign your own death certificates. Millions will die of hunger, millions more will not be able to work , millions more will become homeless. The little bit of respect south africa still has is because of the input by white businessmen and farmers and those in government. When these people are gone - it will become like hell in south africa. Support the whites in getting a volkstaat and things will be turned around for all of south africa. Remember that africa needs the white man and his knowledge- we know how to get things done - and we always look after our allies. Help us to help you !

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-06-07 15:20

    the current slide in our "democracy" is due to the absence of leadership from the Government, they have let the country slide dangerously towards a cliff, & if something is not done soon, we will not be able to stop it plunging into a hole & becoming a failed state, blacks seem to be blissfully unaware of the dangers here, they happily condone violence & land grabs, little do they realize, that this will mean disaster for ALL, including all blacks, except a small elite handful that rule the country like a dictatorship when the dust settles after the years of chaos & war that will ensue. Is this what blacks want ???????

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-06-07 15:20

    the current slide in our "democracy" is due to the absence of leadership from the Government, they have let the country slide dangerously towards a cliff, & if something is not done soon, we will not be able to stop it plunging into a hole & becoming a failed state, blacks seem to be blissfully unaware of the dangers here, they happily condone violence & land grabs, little do they realize, that this will mean disaster for ALL, including all blacks, except a small elite handful that rule the country like a dictatorship when the dust settles after the years of chaos & war that will ensue. Is this what blacks want ???????

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-06-07 15:21

    the current slide in our "democracy" is due to the absence of leadership from the Government, they have let the country slide dangerously towards a cliff, & if something is not done soon, we will not be able to stop it plunging into a hole & becoming a failed state, blacks seem to be blissfully unaware of the dangers here, they happily condone violence & land grabs, little do they realize, that this will mean disaster for ALL, including all blacks, except a small elite handful that rule the country like a dictatorship when the dust settles after the years of chaos & war that will ensue. Is this what blacks want ???????

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-06-07 15:28

    the current slide in our "democracy" is due to the absence of leadership from the Government, they have let the country slide dangerously towards a cliff, & if something is not done soon, we will not be able to stop it plunging into a hole & becoming a failed state, blacks seem to be blissfully unaware of the dangers here, they happily condone violence & land grabs, little do they realize, that this will mean disaster for ALL, including all blacks, except a small elite handful that rule the country like a dictatorship when the dust settles after the years of chaos & war that will ensue. Is this what blacks want ???????

  • Wim - 2012-06-07 16:42

    "In a debate on President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address in February, Mulder was shut down for saying that black "Bantu-speaking" people had no historical claim to land in SA." This is not what Mulder said. Kindly correct your error.

  • Wim - 2012-06-07 16:43

    "In a debate on President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address in February, Mulder was shut down for saying that black "Bantu-speaking" people had no historical claim to land in SA." This is not what Mulder said. Kindly correct your error.

  • Carl - 2012-06-07 16:47

    Land does not bring wealth! It's what you do to the land.. to ensure that it is properly used to grow food and to live off it etc.Or maybe the people that think this is a "sensitive" issue believe that money grows on trees!

  • Carl - 2012-06-07 16:48

    Land does not bring wealth! It's what you do to the land.. to ensure that it is properly used to grow food and to live off it etc.Or maybe the people that think this is a "sensitive" issue believe that money grows on trees!

  • rayno.grever - 2012-06-07 17:27

    My suggestion: Ask zimbabwe for advice, take whatever advice they offer and then go in the exact opposite direction...

  • nathi.cebekhulu - 2012-06-08 11:32

    WHITE PEOPLE WE WANT OUR LAND BACK....PETER MULDER CNT SAVE U DIS TYM,GIVE BACK WAT U TOOK FROM OUR GRANDPARENTS BY FORCE

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