The situation that is currently taking place in South Africa should not be a surprise to white people. Lana Lokteff’s media company Red Ice has warned white people about the situation in South Africa. Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux have also warned white people about the situation in South Africa, so has Brittany Pettibone. The government in South Africa has recently started the process of seizing white-owned farmland as they filed papers seeking to take possession of the farm land for less than half of their actual market value. The two farms that the government has started the process of seizing are game farms in the northern province of Limpopo.
The South African’s government filings to take possession of the two game farms come at a time when the African National Congress government is trying to alter the country’s constitution. If the African National Congress government succeed in making the changes that they desire to see made to the constitution, the new changes would allow the farmland of white owners to be taken without compensation. The leader of the African National Congress has recently argued that government seizure without compensation is legal now anyway in the public interest.
The owners of the farmland that the South African government has started the process of seizing offered to sell the land to the government at market value, $18.7 million. Instead of giving the owners the fair market value for their farmland the South African government is only willing to pay the white farm owners $1.87 million. A letter that was sent to the owners earlier this year said, “notice is hereby given that a terrain inspection will be held on the farms on April 5, 2018 at 10am in order to conduct an audit of the assets and a handover of the farm’s keys to the state.”
The owners were successful in obtaining an injunction from the courts that protects them from eviction until the court has a chance to make a decision. The injunction that has been put in place by the court is being contested by the Department of Rural Development and Land Affairs. AgriSA union spokeswoman Annelize Crosby told the media, “what makes the Akkerland case unique is that they apparently were not given the opportunity to first dispute the claim in court, as the law requires.”
The current seizures that are in the process of taking place are meant to test the ability of the government to take land from white farm owners under the current letter of the law. It was only earlier this month that City press revealed information that the government did not want to go public when they revealed that the government had a list of 139 farms owned by white people that they intended to seize under section 25 of the constitution. According to the article printed by City Press employees at the department were ordered to continue moving forward with the process at the Land Claims Court.
If these seizures are successful at taking the land from the white farm owners while only giving the owners one tenth of the actual value it will be the first time that the government refuses to pay market value for land that is owned by white people. Once apartheid came to an end in South Africa back in 1994, the African National Congress has allowed for there to be a willing to sell willing to buy process to give white owned farms back to black people. An audit performed by the government last year showed that 72 percent of the private farmland in South Africa was owned by white people. A 2011 census showed that roughly 8.9 percent of South Africa’s population or 4.6 million of the people that make up the population of South Africa are white.
Although the African National Congress has not released details of the farms that they intend to seize ownership of ANC spokesperson ZiZi Kodwa claimed that the land seizures are tied to addressing the wrongs of the past. He told the City Press, “over time I think the markets as well as investors will appreciate that what we are doing is creating policy certainty and creating the conditions for future investment.”