South Africans fear land confiscations as two farm reportedly seized
The Christian farmers of South Africa are frantically trying to sell their land before the Marxist ANC Government begin the long-awaited land confiscations.
Union bosses say a record number of properties are for sale but nobody is buying, making the properties effectively worthless.
Agri SA union, which represents mainly white commercial farmers, has warned that such seizures will deter investment, cause job losses, and may rob South Africa of the ability to feed itself.
Already, two farms in the north of the increasingly authoritarian state have reportedly been confiscated.
Akkerland Boerdery, the owners of two game reserves in Limpopo, told City Press that the government asked to buy their land but was only willing to offer a tenth of the price.
When the offer was refused, ministers allegedly sent a letter which 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.’
AgriSA union spokeswoman Annelize Crosby told the paper: ‘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.’
If the land is seized it will be the first time that the South African government has refused to pay market value for land.
Refusing to learn the lessons of Zimbabawe, the ANC Marxists are about to embark of the same destructive course that rendered the bread basket of Africa into one of the worlds poorest states where starvation is the reality for millions of its citizens.
ANC chairman Gwede Mantashe sparked more panic last week when he suggested that anyone owning more than 25,000 acres would be targeted.
Agri SA said about 20 per cent of South Africa’s farms produce 80 per cent of the food, and many of those properties would be affected by the cap.
There are fears that the release of the list of 139 farms to be seized has already made the land worthless.
Cattle farmer Jo-an Engelbrecht told the ABC’s Foreign Correspondent his farm just outside Johannesburg was now ‘worth zero’.
‘We had several auctions in the last two or three weeks cancelled because there was no people interested in buying the land,’ he said.
‘Why would you buy a farm to know the government’s going to take it?’
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