The newly-elected leader of South Africa’s African National Congress—and therefore the country’s next president—Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that his administration will implement a policy of land seizures from whites “without compensation.”
According to reports in South African media, Ramaphosa made the remarks while addressing a meeting with the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini at the latter’s Osuthu Palace over the past weekend.
“South Africa could turn into the ultimate paradise with the implementation of the policy of expropriation of land without compensation,” Ramaphosa was reported as saying.
“In fact, it is possible for us to begin a process of working the land and improving agriculture – making it a very successful factor in our country,” he continued.
“We can make this country the garden of Eden,” Ramaphosa added.
In his address, Zwelithini urged Ramaphosa to pursue this policy. He said that “only a very small proportion” of the people had had their land returned to them. We look to you to act…with speed.”
Even though “land reform” in South Africa has already been implemented—and shown to be an utter failure—it is still widely believed among blacks that whites continue to somehow trick everyone else into maintaining a position of superiority in that country.
This belief stems from the factually incorrect theory that whites “stole” the land from Africans during the colonial era.
In fact, as the historical record shows, the only land occupied by the black tribes during the colonial era—the eastern Cape, most of the eastern seaboard and immediate interior (today the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal) and scattered areas in the north and west of the old “Transvaal” province, were left in possession of those tribes.
For the greatest part (and with very few exceptions), white settlers set up farms, towns and even cities in regions which had no black inhabitants at all. Blacks were however drawn to these areas when offered work and soon became the majority population in those regions thanks to their far higher birth rate and through taking advantage of white-provided medical systems, money, food, and education.
In that way, the formerly white areas of occupation became majority nonwhite—an important lesson of the utter failure of segregation, or “apartheid,” as a means of preserving racial identity.
Ultimately, then, it makes little difference who “occupied the land first”—all that really counts is who occupies the land now.
And in this sense, the demise of organized agriculture—and South Africa’s food production process—is therefore inevitably doomed to destruction as the Third World sets about eradicating the last First World European infrastructure.