Zuma: No Zim-style land grabs in SA

Zuma: No Zim-style land grabs in SA

2011-10-03 09:44

Johannesburg - Zimbabwean-style land grabs will not happen in South Africa, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday.

"I don't think the South African and Zimbabwean constitutions are the same. Our constitution is very important because it guides us on what we do," Zuma said.

He was speaking during a business breakfast in Sandton on Monday morning presented by New Age newspaper and the SABC.

The session was organised to give the president the opportunity to update the country about the progress Zuma's administration had made since the state of the nation address, at the start of the year.

The land question was asked by Mduduzi Vilane, who wanted to know if South Africa had plans to avoid what happened in Zimbabwe, where land belonging to whites was taken without compensation as part of the country's land redistribution programme.

Zuma described the issue of land redistribution as a serious matter that needed attention, adding that everything needed to be done according to law.

He said they were looking at reopening the process of lodging land claims because the process had been short. The cutoff date for lodging claims was December 1998.


  • VirVeritas - 2011-10-03 09:53

    Good for you!! Now open your mouth & and speak against issues like Mine Nationalization, farm murders & other imporatnt issues as well.

  • Windlass - 2011-10-03 09:56

    Only problem President Zuma is are you going to be there much longer?

  • Met - 2011-10-03 09:59

    If ever there was a public relations exercise,courtecy of the Gupta family, this was it.I also note that JZ is now Dr.From India or China? The one question that struck me was by a black female employee from Nedbank, who asked what the goverment was doing about the demographics being reflected in business, ie more intensive AA.Would this be Nedbank policy? Or did this misguided female employee simply ask a question she was told to. I can contribute as far as the clientele is concerned- remove my money from Nedbank.

  • bublebee4506 - 2011-10-03 10:23

    The constitution also states that every south african has the right to life.

  • tommiestraus - 2011-10-03 10:24

    Well, maybe not his government, but what happens the day he leaves???

  • malusi - 2011-10-03 10:24

    i don't understand the farming community and agricultural organisations. the demands for land redistribution are 30% of productive agricultural land must be owned by blacks. and blacks include indian and coloured. now wouldn't it be wise to sit down as the farming community and deside to letgo of 30% of land as a collective? the gov is willing to fund those blacks who want to go into farming business. this would solve alot of problems. malema's will remain relevent as long as the past injustices remain unresolved. now i think the 30% demands are not rediculous. people don't have to resort to land grabs. play your part people and lets move forwad.

  • clark - 2011-10-03 10:25

    - Maybe not while you're still the head honcho. But how long are you going to hold on to your job ? Can we believe anything this Anc tells us?

      Mfaniseni - 2013-02-12 23:37

      Whatever your attitude is torwards the ruling party ANC is here to stay. Now listen honcho you better immigrate if you are not prepared to believe....in what you hear or read...

  • Davearch - 2011-10-03 10:25

    It was this ANC Government's priority to BUY ARMS and BUILD FOOTBALL STADIUMS rather than buy land for the landless. Land distribution is hardly their top priority, now is it ? In addition, they are probably the biggest landowner in the country. Why not start giving land to people, instead of DESTROYING current productive farms !!

  • Mark Fysh - 2011-10-03 10:27

    Yes, Mr. Zuma, our Constitution guides us and your minister for land affairs, Gugile Nkwinti, says the ANC can change it if it stands in the way of the people... go figure

  • Hamrammr - 2011-10-03 10:40

    This statement of Zuma is the same as a todler who comes running into the house screaming: "I did not start a fire under the car!" Off course there is reason to worry after a statement like this!!

      Mfaniseni - 2013-02-12 23:45

      Very inadequate commment I hope this was a blooper.

  • PilgrimX - 2011-10-03 10:42

    Statements like this by Pres. Zuma does not console me. It is hard to distinguish between his window dressing and knowing when he is serious. He was addressing business and as usual he has to say the right thing.

  • Epic - 2011-10-03 10:43

    What Zuma says and what Zuma does, hardly ever parse.

      Mfaniseni - 2013-02-12 23:57

      this is very unconvincing, voice something conceivable.

  • AK4707 - 2011-10-03 10:46

    And from 1998 till 2011 - the vast majority of claims were still a work in progress. Now we need more time to create more claims that we have no idea of resolving? If you want land go and buy it with your own money and stop looking for a hand out that produces no benefit to anyone.

  • CTS - 2011-10-03 10:50

    Well, the ANC must make up their minds because this is a direct contradiction to this: http://www.fin24.com/Economy/ANC-will-amend-constitution-if-needed-20110921. So, who's lying here?

  • Nuck Choris - 2011-10-03 10:55

    "I don't think the South African and Zimbabwean..... Well now at least I feel so much better knowing that he doesnt think it will be the same. What a useless prat.

  • AntonioP - 2011-10-03 10:59

    Ha, just as "nationalisation is not ANC policy", I presume. But has this too now to be "investigated", "debated", "subjected to enquiries", loudly and aggressively supported by the ANCYL, etc? In the mean time; SA loses out on economic growth, investment, our currency suffers and even longer-term food security becomes an issue -now that viable farmers call it quits. They full well realise that: a) the word of the ANC means nothing. b) that many other means exist that make will make it impossible for them to continue -no need to copy Zim precisely. Viva ANC, Viva!

  • Slimste - 2011-10-03 11:02

    How can we believe you President? Idealogy rules in countries south of the Sahara. Your government supports "kill the boer" war songs!

      Mfaniseni - 2013-02-12 23:59

      Move on dude this statement is so old fashioned.

  • RACINGCAT - 2011-10-03 11:03

    Dont think is a very common statement these days...

  • Stryder - 2011-10-03 11:08

    Whatever. I assume that you have reprimanded the minister. http://www.fin24.com/Economy/ANC-will-amend-constitution-if-needed-20110921

  • My Father - 2011-10-03 11:14

    Zuma: No Zim-style land grabs in SA. Its Zulu-style land grabs.

      Mfaniseni - 2013-02-13 00:01

      I wonder how old yuo are, your comment sound pretty young plus minus 14yrs...

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  • WEHBWERE - 2011-10-03 11:38

    One very obvious reason why Mugabe started to take land without compensation is the fact that funding dried up from the Europeans. Mbeki was a master in begging for restructuring money abroad, so Zuma can make comments as he did but the ANC wasn't under the same pressure as Mugabe yet. All other aspects of land grabbing like murder and intimmidation of farmers are the same and no visible action to stop it. "Action speaks louder than word mr Zuma"

  • Ingie - 2011-10-03 11:42

    Can you trust what he says...OOOh no!!! he has promised everyone in SA service delivery etc and have they received NO. SO HOW CAN WE TRUST HIM WHEN HE SAYS THIS!!!

  • Slartibartfast - 2011-10-03 11:52

    EXCUSE ME .... STOP pandering to your audience ZOOOOMMMAAAAA .... only a week ago you said the Constitution is not the be all and end all in this debate?!?!?!

  • JCWR56 - 2011-10-03 11:52

    The African National Congress will change the constitution if it proves to be a hindrance to land reform, Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti said, according to a Beeld newspaper report.

  • WEHBWERE - 2011-10-03 12:04

    Now listen, we do know that you cannot negotiate with a person or a type of person that has no morals. It is difficult to grasp the idea that you cannot trust anything the immoral person promise, its difficult to think what to do next if you realize that whatever you want the outcome to be is based on good morals and it's not going to happen. So the question remains, what now?

  • news.moler - 2011-10-03 13:54

    If the con guides you then kill of the information bill now. It is illegal and is designed to hide information that South Africans should be party to and to protect thievery.

  • Boerseun - 2011-10-03 17:11

    First do a proper land ownership audit, something which the ANC regime has so far avoided like the plaque. Then only can suitable plans be made.

  • disappointed - 2011-10-03 19:30

    LIES,LIES,LIES,LIES - how does he manage to hold a straight face and look at the people and lie to them.If anyone believes this nonsence then they need their heads read,their sole aim is to destroy the whites in this country. they have the time to do it,look how long mugabe waited and he did it in such a way that there were only financial repercussions from the west,this lot is busy with exactly the same thing and thats why they are filling their own personal bank accounts first so they wont suffer with the rest of the sheeple

  • Andor - 2011-10-03 20:59

    But it won't happen that easily here. This is a different story my friend! Take property and that means declaring war!

      Mandla - 2011-10-03 23:49

      What about those without land must they declare war to you as you have a piece of land.What are you implying.Your statemant is not relevent today it was during the aparthied time.

  • Mandla - 2011-10-03 23:53

    Land issue needs to be resolved as a matter of urgency.We can not keep on hinding behind our fingers.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-16 17:39

    says the man who just blew R240 million rand of OUR money upgrading his personal residence - tax grab ok, land grab bad ?

  • michael.moolman.10 - 2013-02-13 05:49

    Oh how I truely wish I could believe this! But... there is a voice withing me shouting, no sceaming; this statement lacks verity.

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2013-02-13 06:43

    Yes, we dont to land grabs like Zim. We drove the farmers off their farms by protest, destruction and burning down.

  • mikelevert - 2013-02-13 08:10

    Compensation for what? Zimbabwe was right. When they took land from Aficans did they compensate you? Wake up South Africa

  • Rob Martin - 2013-04-21 12:59

    Speak with forked tongue.

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