In the most openly anti-white moves to date by the South African government, that nation’s president Jacob Zuma has announced that 2015 will see the first Zimbabwe-style land seizures—and went on to blame white people for the inability of the African National Congress (ANC)-run state to supply electricity to the country.
Speaking at a rally to mark the 103rd birthday of the ANC in Cape Town, Zuma claimed that the 1913 Land Act had made blacks “almost like slaves” in South Africa. In reality, that law merely divided up the country according to the then dispersion of the black tribes in their traditional areas, and never took any land away from them—but that fact did not stop Zuma’s completely erroneous “interpretation” from continuing on to justify the upcoming land seizures.
Zuma then said that the currently existing “willing buyer, willing seller” model of land reform had been “unsuccessful,”—although he didn’t say why it had been unsuccessful. Until now, the black South African government had refused to implement land seizures as has happened in Zimbabwe, claiming that it would follow a system of mutual agreement between “land claimants” and current land owners—that the parties would agree on a price and then settle the matter legally.
The reason why this system has not worked has nothing to do with “unwilling sellers”—in reality, many white farmers would prefer to leave and move to where it is safer and more profitable to farm (such as Georgia).
However, because the “land claimants” (that is, blacks who have no real historical claim to the land, but who want to take over the white assets) have to rely on state funding to buy the farms, there has always been a discrepancy in the amount of money offered to the farmers as opposed to what they need to pay off all their debts and still have enough to start again elsewhere.
In most cases, for example, the amount offered to the white farmers has been below market value, and almost always less than what they owe to banks for land and equipment loans. As a result, far fewer farms have been turned over to blacks than what the ANC wished.
Because this “willing seller, willing buyer” arrangement has not worked, Zuma told the 40,000-strong crowd at the ANC rally that the government will begin drafting a “Land Expropriation Bill” during the coming year.
According to Zuma, the draft of this legislation has already been approved by the ANC cabinet and “allows for the courts to decide on expropriation.”
In other words, if a white farmer refuses to “sell” his property, no matter how low the price, the courts will now be allowed to order that farm’s seizure and for the “transaction” to go through.
The ANC’s move has been prompted by the emergence of ever more radical political movements to its left, such as the “Economic Freedom Fighters” who have demanded the stricter enforcement of anti-white measures disguised as “affirmative action.”
The move to promote land seizures behind the screen of “court orders” is an attempt to try to trick people into thinking it will not be the “same as Zimbabwe”—a tactic unlikely to fool any honest observer.
* A further indication of the increasingly anti-white nature of the ANC government has come with the announcement by Zuma that the previous white government of the country is to blame for the fact that, two decades after the ANC came to power, there are power shortages and blackouts throughout the country.
Speaking to the Young Communist League’s congress in Cape Town, Zuma addressed the issue of blackouts, power shortages, and the collapsing infrastructure of the state’s Electricity Supply Commission (ESKOM) not by pointing out the truth—twenty years of black rule, “affirmative action” appointments, Third World inefficiency, and lack of planning—but rather by blaming the white government of the 1980s.
Zuma told the Communist delegates that the “ANC had inherited the power utility from the previous regime which had only provided electricity to the white minority. Twenty years into democracy, 11 million households had access to electricity, double the number in 1994,” Zuma said.
In reality the previous white government had set up the electricity grid to supply the whole nation, and the current collapse in the infrastructure is the result of the current government’s inability to plan ahead to meet growing demand caused principally by a rocketing black birthrate.