SOUTH AFRICA/UNITED STATES — With the reformed South African government shaking things up, it seems that white farmers are paying for the sins of their ancestors.
UM…’BUILD THE WALL’…
According to Newsweek, over 12,000 people have signed a petition asking Donald Trump to allow white residents of South Africa to emigrate to the U.S. after a recent vote by the country’s parliament.
News Limited – Australia reports that the motion will amend South Africa’s constitution to allow for land to be stripped from white owners without any compensation, thus leaving many homeless and jobless.
For now, it still needs the approval from South African Parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee before an amendment can be drafted.
However, the source says it has the country’s white farmers scared of a “violent and disastrous” land redistribution.
Likewise, as aforementioned, an online petition now calls on Trump to “take the steps necessary to initiate an emergency immigration plan allowing white Boers to come to the United States.”
Note: Boer is the term used to describe South Africans of Dutch, German or Huguenot descent, also commonly referred to as Afrikaners.
In pure audacity though, the petition suggests that Trump should “stop admitting refugees from Somalia and the Middle East,” claiming they “cannot be properly vetted,” and allow white South Africans into the country instead.
***So, what makes it necessarily easier to vet white South Africans? Especially considering that nearly all mass shootings in the United States happen by whites.***
Nevertheless, there’s also a similar petition calling on European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and British Prime Minister Theresa May.
According to the source, this particular petition aims to allow white South Africans into EU countries — a document which has gained nearly 17,000 signatures.
Newsweek reports that the land reform motion began by the Economic Freedom Fighters and other supported groups.
However, it was amended by the ruling African National Congress (ANC), “with the party promising reforms that will address racial disparities in land ownership,” notes the source. Lawmakers voted “overwhelmingly” in favor of the move, passing 241-83.
Actually, this all comes into play with its recently elected President Cyril Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa took office last month, replacing former President Jacob Zuma. And, it seems he’s putting Nelson Mandela’s vision for South Africa into place.
If you’re unaware, during apartheid, the white minority ruled South Africa in an extremely cruel nature. And although it ended ONLY two decades ago — according to a recent Agri SA land audit — the association found that white farmers still control 73 percent of the country’s profitable farming land.
In South Africa, white people own 72% of the country's farmland, even though they're 8% of the population. To redistribute the land more evenly, their parliament advanced a motion to let the government to seize people's land — without compensation. pic.twitter.com/96Sz3xq3m4
— VICE News (@vicenews) March 1, 2018
ON THE FENCE…
During an address by Agri SA’s president, Dan Kriek, he expressed concerns over the parliament’s vote.
According to Kriek, the association “fully understands the need for land reform and the frustration with the apparent slow process and is committed to orderly and sustainable land reform.” However, he also feels that “politics and emotion dominated the debate.”
With that in mind, he warned that the rights of all property owners in South Africa were at stake, not just whites.
Kriek says that, by amending the country’s constitution property clause, it would actually be a step backward into a past where the protection of property rights wasn’t applied across the board.
Yet, Julius Malema — the leader of the EFF opposition party that introduced the motion — informed parliament and lawmakers as follows.
“We must stop being cowards. We must stop working around the white minorities who are governed by the fear of the unknown when it comes to the question of land expropriation without compensation…the time for reconciliation in South Africa is over. Now is the time for justice. We must sensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land.
According to Malema, land expropriation would end disparity caused by “criminals who stole our land,” reports the source.
Everyone is panicking about white people giving up the land in South Africa … these numbers are sad when the rest of South Africa should continue living in poverty, when they land was stolen from them ? No one is kicking them out, they just need to return what’s not theirs pic.twitter.com/tqCxpsQiTa
— czernaaz (@czernaaz_) March 2, 2018
LOOKING AT ZIMBABWE AND THE UNITED STATES…
This isn’t the first time land was seized from white farmers in Africa. Nearly 20 years ago, in Zimbabwe, the country underwent land reform in a similar manner. However, things didn’t go over so well after the lands were obtained.
News 24 reports that over 4,000 displaced farmers‘ lands were confiscated without compensation.
Newsweek states: “It also had disastrous consequences to the country’s economy, with land reform accelerating Zimbabwe’s economic decline with a collapse in farm production.”
Yet, while this is an ongoing matter, the newly appointed president Ramaphosa says this vote is not an issue to panic over.
Likewise, the South Africa’s Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department co-signed his message via various tweets. Newsweek reports them as follows.
“This is a serious matter. It’ll be handled through dialogue and in a stable manner. No need for beating war drums and creating unnecessary panic! South Africa belongs to all who live in it! As we address the land issue, we’ll ensure that equitable land is distributed to our poor people in a way that will ensure continued stability.”
As long as they have a plan for the land’s maintenance and upkeep after redistribution, would one call it ancestral karma?
HOWEVER, if there’s no plan in place for alternative means of appropriation, it might be as disastrous as Donald Trump’s aftermath regarding immigrant workers in the United States.
Now, there are several Californian farms with rotting produce because no one is in the fields harvesting the crops. Hopefully, the same doesn’t await South Africa.
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