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White farmers welcome back to Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe “white farmers” whose land was seized under Robert Mugabe rule can apply to claim it back or they will be offered land elsewhere if restitution proves impractical, the government announced on August 31.

Last month, Zimbabwe agreed to pay $3.5 billion in compensation to local white farmers whose land was forcibly expropriated by the government to resettle Black families, moving a step closer to resolving one the most controversial policies from Robert Mugabe legacy.

Under Zimbabwean laws passed during a short period of opposition government but ignored by Mugabe, foreign white farmers protected by treaties between their governments and Zimbabwe should be compensated for both land and other assets.

In that regard, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube and Lands and Agriculture Minister Anxious Masuka said in a joint statement that these farmers should apply for their land return.

In practice, in some instances the government would “revoke the offer letters of resettled (Black) farmers currently occupying those pieces of land and offer them alternative land elsewhere,” the ministers said.

However the transfer of the Black beneficiaries from the land could become difficult politically and practically.

“Where the situation presently obtaining on the ground makes it impractical to restore land in this category to its former owners, government will offer the former farm owners alternative land elsewhere as restitution where such land is available,” the statement said.

The ministers said other white farmers whose land had been earmarked for acquisition by the government but were still present on the properties, can apply to lease the land for 99 years.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has underlined the land reform could not be reversed but paying of compensation was key to mending ties with the West.

The programme still divides public opinion in Zimbabwe, where the number of white farmers has dropped to just over 200 from 4,500 when land reforms began 20 years ago, according to the predominantly white commercial farmers union.

The seizures of land that began four decades ago in an attempt to harmonise historical imbalances, later the expropriations were ratified by the government, which said they were needed to adjust to modernity the colonial heritage. As a result of this policy the florising agriculture that exported tobacco and roses and grew most of the food for the nation collapsed. Periodic food shortages ensued, the risk of famine has become real, and inflation became the world’s highest. The manufacturing industry was decimated. Robert Mugabe started his mandate as President of one of Africa’s richest countries, which under his leaderhip it became one of its poorest.

At present the World Food Programme (WFP) is urgently seeking to intensify the international support to prevent millions of Zimbabweans plunging deeper into hunger. 

According to the WFP, the number of food-insecure people is expected to surge by almost 50%, manning to 8.6 million Zimbabweans by the end of 2020. 

That figure represents around 60% of the population, the agency said in a statement, highlighting drought, economic recession and the COVID-19  pandemic as the main reasons of the crisis.

Galloping hyperinflation has signified that few families can now afford even basic food, WFP said, with the price of maize, the staple cereal, more than doubling in June.

Lola Castro, WFP’s Regional Director for Southern Africa, said that many Zimbabwean families were suffering “the ravages of acute hunger”, before appealing to the international community to help prevent “a potential humanitarian catastrophe.”

Zulu King stands for cooperation with Boers

Goodwill Zwelithini, the King of the largest ethnic group in South Africa, Zulu, has spoken out against the expropriation of land without compensation in the country. Zulu is ready to cooperate with the country’s white farmers, known as Afrikaners or Boers.

 

“The Zulu nation I’m talking about will not exist if we don’t have food. That’s why I say farmers must come closer so that we discuss what we can do when we talk about agriculture and the availability of enough food in the land. That’s why I’m asking AfriForum of the Boers to come and help us,” Zwelithini said, as quoted by eNews Channel Africa.

“Because when government started talking about the appropriation of land, expropriation without compensation, Boers downed tools. There is no food in South Africa,” he added.

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini said the group will cooperate with South African minority rights group AfriForum.

Ramaphosa sends mixed signals on land grabs

Contradictory information comes from South African leader Cyril Ramaphosa, who delivers different narratives to different players. Previously Ramaphosa said he intended to organise land summit in April, but the event did not take place. However during his visit  to London he reassured Queen Elizabeth there won’t be such expropriation without compensation.

During his first official visit to Britain as South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa met Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Theresa May. At present Ramaphosa is in London for the Commonwealth summit starting on Thursday, April 19.

The President is using his visit to Britain to launch his plan for attracting a trillion in foreign direct investments to South Africa.

 

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SA: Ramaphosa to seize wealth of white farmers

The Parliament of South Africa has passed a motion of resolution to seize land from white farmers without compensation.

Passed by an overwhelming majority of 241 votes to 83 votes against, the proposal to amend Section 25 of the South African Constitution would pave way to expropriation of the farms.

The resolution was put forward by the radical left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party under the pretext of “restoration of dignity” of native Africans.

“We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land” – Julius Malema (pictured), the leader of EFF declared to the deputies.

In reaction the land grabs decision the Member of the European Parliament Janice Atkinson, UK, ENF, wrote a letter to UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, asking to react in protection of the white minority in South Africa.

The White Africans today constitute around 8% of the entire population of South Africa, their ancestors came to South African shores in the 17th century.

 

Ramaphosa to pursue land grabs

Cyril Ramaphosa, who replaced Jacob Zuma after his plagued by corruption scandals presidency, was cheered in the South African parliament as he pledged to “accelerate our land distribution programme … to redress a grave historical injustice [and] make more land available to our people for cultivation.”  South Africa’s new president has vowed to pursue the same course as Zimbabwean tyrant Robert Mugabe, expropriating land from white farmers without compensation.

This kind of rhetoric, attempting to find a solution for multiple economic problems in Marxist-Leninist expropriation of wealth in view of distributing it to poor, has already encouraged criminals to murder farmers, making their  profession the most dangerous in the world. (The video below was demonstrated in the European Parliament during the conference on challenges of South Africa #SA2018EU #farmmurders)

A Ramaphosa’s Marxist-leaning African National Congress (ANC) has taken its lead on this issue from the hardline Economic Freedom Fighters led by Julius Malema, a former head of the ANC’s youth wing.