By Robert Wenzel
The South African government has begun the process of seizing land from white farmers. The local newspaper City Press reports two game farms in the northern province of Limpopo are the first to be targeted for unilateral seizure after negotiations with the owners to purchase the properties stalled.
While the government says it intends to pay, owners Akkerland Boerdery wanted 200 million rand ($18.7 million) for the land — they’re being offered just 20 million rand ($1.87 million).
Akkerland Boerdery obtained an urgent injunction to prevent eviction until a court had ruled on the issue, but the Department of Rural Development and Land Affairs is opposing the application.
“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,” AgriSA union spokeswoman Annelize Crosby told the paper.
The development comes as the South African government pushes ahead with plans to amend the country’s constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.
The ruling African National Congress has previously stated expropriation is allowable if “in the public interest”.
A government that is willing to expropriate property has no respect for private property. It will likely be downhill from here.
Central power is always evil. All governments move in the direction of more power, it is only the speed of the expanded power that varies. The African National Congress appears to have put the South Africa on the fast track to economic destruction.