Monday, August 20, 2018

South Africa Begins Seizing White-Owned Farms

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.

Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of


  1. I can't believe that there are ANY white farmers left in SA. What the hell are they thinking? I remember when the ANC took over. They froze capital export. So many whites bought new catamarans and left for the Caribbean to put into charter. Dem wuz de smart ones.

  2. I wonder who the South Africans will blame when they're starving to death in a few years?

    1. Re: Robert What?

      State-worship knows no self-reflection. Of course they will blame everyone else. All supporters of wild populist schemes and policies never blame themselves for their woes.

    2. @Francisco, So you think this has something to do with the State do you?

  3. --- A government that is willing to expropriate property has no respect for private property. It will likely be downhill from here. ---

    No doubt it will. All 'land reform' schemes end up hurting the very people it intends to help, since the newly-given lands are never under the full controlmof the new owners (putting aside for the moment the gross immorality behind such land grabs) because governments never let go of their power to expropriate. The long history of so-called land reforms provides ample evidence of not only the inherent ineffectiveness of such schemes but of the states' insincerity and dishonesty about their intentions. There's only suffering from now on for everyone involved, except the politicians who will undoubtedly enrich themselves through these land grabs.