South Africa aka Zimbabwe 2.0 made the worst nightmare of minority white population become a sad and scary reality.
Twenty-four years ago, the Whites accepted to end the apartheid system under a clear and explicit guarantee, written in the Constitution, that their land would never be stolen.
That was then and this is now: on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, the South African parliament voted to move forward and amend the Constitution to allow for confiscation of land from the white minority without compensation.
According to News.com.au “The motion was brought by Julius Malema, leader of the radical Marxist opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters, and passed overwhelmingly by 241 votes to 83 against. The only parties who did not support the motion were the Democratic Alliance, Freedom Front Plus, Cope and the African Christian Democratic Party.
It was amended but supported by the ruling African National Congress and new president Cyril Ramaphosa, who made land expropriation a key pillar of his policy platform after taking over from ousted PM Jacob Zuma earlier this month.
“The time for reconciliation is over. Now is the time for justice,” Mr Malema was quoted by News24 as telling parliament. “We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land.”
Whites own the land because they colonized it and built it from nothing starting in the 1600’s. They literally “drained the swamps” covering many parts of South Africa and built giant farms in their place.
We know how ‘well’ that went for Zimbabwe when President Mugabe did the same thing.In 2000 Robert Mugabe shocked the world when he made dramatic changes to land ownership laws in Zimbabwe which resulted in thousands of white Zimbabwean farmers being forced to give up their farms and many to leave the country.
Those white farmers owned 70% of the most arable land in the country which they had inherited from a colonial past built on racial hierarchy.
A few years later, the reality sinked in.
According to The Guardian‘During the election campaign in March, the president said he was disappointed that only 44% of the land seized from whites was being cultivated and that the remainder was lying fallow.
He has also had to admit that Zimbabwe, once called “the breadbasket of Africa”, needs to import food to feed its population. For months he had boasted that the country had a bumper harvest and would “choke” if it was forced to take international food aid’
Part of the white farmes moved to Zambia, bringing with them the know- how and the desire to succeed. Now, under the new President Mnangagwa, the land reform seems to be ‘inevitable’ considering that land management is key to economic recovery.
Earlier this month, deputy finance minister Terence Mukupe travelled to neighbouring Zambia to engage former white Zimbabwean farmers who have settled there.
One would think that South Africa would learn from their neighbour’s mistakes. Instead of that, they would go the same way while expecting different results.