When the apartheid regime collapsed in 1991, it was hoped that racial tensions could finally heal in South Africa, and prosperity would finally be had by all. Unfortunately, South Africa was promptly taken over by socialists who have been running the nation into the ground ever since. Now we may be witnessing the flash point that could disintegrate the multicultural nation.
South African president Jacob Zuma called for the confiscation of land owned by white people in his country — without any restitution made to the Caucasian property owners. He called on parliament to change the constitution, so that the government could confiscate white owned land without compensation.
Zuma wants a “pre-colonial land audit of land use and occupation patterns” to help decide which lands need to be taken, and has said that
“We need to accept the reality that those who are in parliament where laws are made, particularly the black parties, should unite because we need a two-thirds majority to effect changes in the constitution.”
The proposal appears to be a response to the declining fortunes of Zuma’s political party, the African National Congress (ANC), whose long reign of power in the post-apartheid era is being challenged by rising parties.
The radical Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), headed by former ANC leader Julius Malema, is one of the parties gaining ground on Zuma’s party and is fully in favor of confiscating white-owned land without compensation.
Malema has long voiced anti-white hatred and support for seizing white-owned land going back to his days as an ANC youth leader. Recently, he has been traveling the country to advocate for the land seizure from white invaders and “Dutch thugs,” according to The Telegraph.
The EFF chief believes the measure will “unite black people in South Africa.”
“People of South Africa, where you see a beautiful land, take it, it belongs to you,” Malema said in the proposal’s favor.
However, a South African research group says it is “almost impossible” to find a racial breakdown of land ownership in the country.
“In the first place the state owns some 22 percent of the land in the country, including land in the former homelands, most of which is occupied by black subsistence farmers who have no title and seem unlikely to get it any time soon,” the Institute for Race Relations said in a statement.
“This leaves around 78 percent of land in private hands, but the race of these private owners is not known.”
Additionally, the proposed land grab has the potential to ignite racial conflict in the country only 23 years separated from apartheid. Some Afrikaner groups have called Zuma’s proposal a “declaration of war” and vowed to fight against any potential land seizure. The chairman for the white activist group known as the Boer Afrikaner Volksraad, responded to these statements:
“We are ready to fight back,” Andries Breytenbach asserted, according to The Telegraph.
“We need urgent mediation between us and the government.
If this starts, it will turn into a racial war which we want to prevent.”
However, the organization later stated that
“Deprivation, dispossession and occupation of our country in terms of any law shall be considered formal acts of war against the Boer Afrikaner people, which we have to defend against and retaliate with internationally accepted means and methods in order to ensure our ownership and recovery.”
Clearly, land confiscations could lead to an ethnic civil war in South Africa. Moreover, it would most likely lead to the economic collapse of Africa’s wealthiest nation. Zimbabwe for instance, successfully confiscated lands from whites decades ago. The wealth flight from that country, coupled with the fact that the land was given to people who weren’t qualified to work it, contributed to the financial collapse of Zimbabwe and the hyperinflation that followed.