South African set to start Confiscating white-owned land without compensation
The South Africa Parliament has voted in on a motion that will begin the process of taking property away owned by white South Africans without composition.
The motion was brought by Julius Malema, the leader of an extreme Marxist opposition party called the economic freedom fighters. EFF is currently the third largest party in both houses of the South African parliament. In 2014 the EFF claimed to have over half a million members. The leader of EFF was the former youth leader of the African National Congress until he was expelled from the party in 2012. Mr Malema has been convicted of hate speech twice, once in 2010 and another in 2011.
According to News.com, the vote passed overwhelmingly by 241 to against 83, the only other party which did not vote to pass the motion was the democratic alliance, freedom front plus, cope and the African Christian Democratic Party.
The motion was amended and supported by the ruling party African National Congress and its new leader and president. Cyril Ramaphosa made land expropriation the focus of his policies after taking over from Jacob Zuma.
Mr Malema was quoted by News24 saying “The time for reconciliation is over, now it is time for justice” he further went to say that “we must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole the land.”
72 percent of the farming land in South Africa is owned by white South Africans, according to a government audit. In Ramaphosa’s first address to the nation, he made a direct appeal to poorer black voters saying he would aim to speed up the transfer of land to black people. Poor Black South African make up the core of the ANC support base.
Over two decades after the end of apartheid rule, the ruling party is under pressure to deal with the racial disparities in the ownership of land.
Mr Malema assured people that in 2017 that no one will lose their homes during the process of expropriation.
This statement from Mr Malema is confusing because he has been instructing his followers to retake the land from white farmers. And in 2012, president Jacob Zuma sang apartheid-era song which contained the words shoot the farmers, shoot the Boer.
Julius Malema Leader of EFF
News 24, released an article in 2017 that detailed the rise of violence in rural South Africa towards white farmers.
“The rural crime epidemic has inflamed political and racial tensions nearly a quarter of a century after the fall of apartheid. Farm murders are just one issue that reveals how South Africa is struggling with violence, an economic slowdown and divisions along racial lines”.
The rise of the EFF from the fringes of the ANC to the place where it has so much power in parliament is symbolic of the collective conscience of the Black South Africans, and it also shows the extent of how radical things have become in South Africa. EFF is not just another radical movement like ANTIFA; it is one with a lot of power capable of affecting Millions of lives legally.
Worldviews matter, good worldviews have good consequences, and bad worldviews have severe consequences. Mr Malema is a Marxist; Marxism is a philosophy does not believe in individual land ownership or private property, it views society as class warfare between the working class and Bourgeoisie. The calls for radical economic transformation that benefits black people has gained traction in the past few years. Black South Africans feel White South Africans control too much of the country’s wealth.
Below is the party pillars courtesy of Marxism.com
‘’non-negotiable cardinal pillars for economic freedom in our lifetime’’, namely: a) Expropriation of South Africa’s land without compensation for equal redistribution in use. b) Nationalisation of mines, banks, and other strategic sectors of the economy, without compensation. c) Building state and government capacity, which will lead to the abolishment of tenders. d) Free quality education, healthcare, houses, and sanitation. e) Massive protected industrial development to create millions of sustainable jobs, including the introduction of minimum wages in order to close the wage gap between the rich and the poor, close the apartheid wage gap and promote rapid career paths for Africans in the workplace. f) Massive development of the African economy and advocating for a move from reconciliation to justice in the entire continent. g) Open, accountable, corrupt-free government and society without fear of victimization by state agencies.
The above pillars are even more radical Bernie Sanders views on socialism. The dangers of Marxism and socialism have been well documented, so I am not going to further into that. One would think that Africans have learnt from what happened in Zimbabwe and more recently Venezuela. What socialism or Marxism tries to achieve is equality of outcome. For a country like South Africa, with low education rates and limited resources, this will be impossible to accomplish without the government turning totalitarian.