ANC leans towards expropriation again

2012-06-24 10:23

Cape Town – The spectre of land expropriation is again rearing its ugly head in the agricultural sector.

Agri SA deputy president Dr Theo de Jager says after recent discussions with government officials and politicians he has no doubt at all that the principle of willing buyer, willing seller will give way to expropriation.

The discussion document on land reform published by the ANC with a view to its Policy Conference this week contains proposals regarding expropriation, ceilings for land ownership, that certain land should belong to the state, and there should be an appraiser-general who would determine whether the price of land is excessive.

This is little different from the green paper on land reform that previously received criticism. De Jager said the six work groups put together by the Department of Rural Development and Land Affairs have not given consideration to comments obtained from interested parties.

It is also unknown whether the ANC has given any attention to the document on land reform compiled by members of the Agri Mega Group after their discussions with ANC leaders.

Should land be expropriated, the Constitution stipulates that property should be transferred to the state at market-related prices. If the envisaged assessor-general should determine the value of land, this could create problems since the ANC already claims that land is too expensive.

It's not only white commercial farmers who would be affected by the proposed changes.

The draft document proposes that land acquired by the state should not be transferred in the names of the black famer beneficiaries, but only be assigned to them on leasehold. In the recent Agri Mega Group discussion with ANC leaders the black commercial farmers said that if land is not transferred in their names they will be unable to get loans to proceed with farming operations.

It was recently said that it would be in everyone’s interest for the land issue to be approached not along racial lines, but rather according to the dictates of commercial farming so as to ensure food security for all.

The ANC document concludes by saying the challenge is from vested interests in commercial agriculture and communal agricultural areas, and the biggest obstacle the limited ability of state institutions to fulfil their mandate.

There have been rumours that Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, will present the document to the ANC Policy Conference and not Gugile Nkwinti, the Minister of Rural Development and Land Affairs, under whose auspices the green paper saw the light of day. - Sake24

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  • Dewald Britz - 2012-06-24 10:49

    No doubt nationalisation and land expropiation will happen in the future, the masses wont rest until we are all equally poor and only then, when its to late, they will blame the ANC or someone else instead of themselves.

      luvo.luvos - 2012-06-24 13:39

      Question is, must black people sit back and accept their landlessness, poverty and lack of opportunity in their land of birth. By getting land they can apply for bank loans using land as collateral and can proceed with farming operations. They're only asking to be given an opportunity upon which they can be judged by their successes or failures. Get it??

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-06-25 06:52

      Count the number of successful commercial farms in sub Saharan Africa compared to say, South America, first.

      jenny.webbe - 2012-06-29 18:04

      Luvo.luvos - No they can't apply for bank loans because the land will still have mortgages that the white farmer took out years ago. How can the bank give another loan to another (illegal) owner when there is still an outstanding amount that the white farmer is no longer paying? And where will you get the Title Deed from? And food production is a little bit more important than giving thhieves "an opportunity upon which they can be judged by their successes or failures". Get it??

  • Dewald Britz - 2012-06-24 14:50

    Answer is, I'm a white person, this too is the land of my birth, I never got anything for free, not land or food but nothing, I worked for what I have, I was supported by my family that also worked for what they have. Yes, agreed during the previous regime It was easier to get a job because I was white, but that was it, I still needed to perform, incompetence and underperformance was not tolerated. Capitalism is not for the lazy, there are ample opportunities in this country, especially for the previously dissadvantaged, if you can't start on your own, form syndicates, I want you to succeeed in life but not by stealing, but through hard work and commonsense. That's how we do it.

  • NickvanderLeek - 2012-06-24 23:07

    Unfortunately this is about a few greedy invididuals wanting something for nothing at the expense of everyone else in this country. It's up to us, the citizens, to stand up and make sure this kind of idiocy doesn't happen. It reallY looks horribly like reverse racism to me - take from the whites, give to the blacks (who can't farm) and then what? Far better to have everyone working together, learning how to do the job than taking from the one in favour of the other. But, the ANC - like ZANU-PF - wants to stay in power.

      jenny.webbe - 2012-06-29 18:08

      I've been wondering how would-be black farm stealers think they're going to have the means to earn money from farming. Lo and behold, the comment above this by luvo.luvos clarifies this - he thinks they can simply apply to the bank for a loan and hey presto! They will then get money from the bank!!! Can you believe it? As if any bank would lend anyone money on a stolen property, without Title Deeds no doubt, and probably with a huge mortgage which the previous and legal white farmer has been paying off! Now I get it and still can't believe this is the level of understanding of the average land expropriater!

  • norman.depluhm - 2012-06-25 13:06

    Doesn't government own over 70% of the land!? Give them the land you're promising for votes, but give it to them from your own stock if you want food security to continue. Stealing white farm operations will cause civil hatred and crash food production.

  • Ken - 2012-06-25 18:00

    99% of whites wouldn't be able to run a farm. Why do blacks believe they can?

      jenny.webbe - 2012-06-29 18:13

      Too right ken. I couldn't even afford to keep a farm going for two weeks, let alone the 6 months needed to sow, grow and reap a harvest before you earn a cent. And through all this I would need the money to pay for labour, animal feed, pesticides, fuel, seeds, watering, vet fees before even my own groceries, electricity and food. And govt can't and won't help anyone - too busy swanning about in new boeings, wives, million rand cars, international travel and the rest of the perks that go with being in the ANC govt. Sheesh!

  • Julie - 2012-06-26 09:50

    This might start some people thninking....

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