Shares in farms a smoke-screen for expropriation

plaasThe issue of proposed shares for farmworkers is a thinly disguised attempt by government to expropriate farms and could allow the uncertainty amongst South African farmers about their future to reach crisis levels, Mr. Pieter Groenewald, the Freedom Front Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on Rural Development and Land Reform, said.

Mr. Groenewald said the proposals contained in a policy document of the department of Rural Development and Land Reform about the voluntary issuing of shares to farmworkers, boils down to nothing less than brutal expropriation of land, similar to that which took place in Zimbabwe.

According to Mr. Groenewald the document is making waves in agricultural circles and the proposals have been met with great concern.

One of the proposals in the document is that a person with ten year service is entitled to 10% shares for 50 years. The document does not at all make mention of what would happen if workers eventually hold the majority of the shares in a farm.

The document also mentions that it intends to reverse a wide range of uncertainties regarding property rights which were brought about by land expropriation, humiliation and exploitation of people.

Mr. Groenewald said the proposals are frightening and could cause enormous harm to South Africa’s agriculture as it could lead to large scale disinvestment.

“What will happen if a farmer has four workers who worked on his farm for 25 years each? Will that mean that they could take over ownership without compensation and the farmer has to seek another livelihood?

“South Africans and the world should open their eyes now about the ANC government’s plans with land ownership in South Africa.

“It is clear that the land reform program is a miserable failure and other plans are now being made to expropriate land from farmers without compensating them,” Groenewald said.

  • Rasta Dono

    they hould have done this long ago

    • Hans Onrust

      let me guess ,you mean 400 years ago ?
      No dear fellow, this is about taking farms without compensation, called theft in the civilized world, not building farms out of nothing.

      • Rasta Dono

        You are the chief you are not African and should not hold on to African land your land is in Holland you are a li take every thing younown who gave you permission to be here not udar and thief

        • Hans Onrust

          Great.
          Let me tell you something about Holland that you don’t seem to know Rasta Dono.
          In 1975 Suriname became ‘independent’.
          The blacks got the choice : enjoy your freedom or come to Holland. More than half of them didn’t hesitate and choose to live and sit among your so hated whites.
          In a never-ending chain of irregularities and crime and murder, who can forget Fort Zeelandia, the son of the honorable mr Bouterse was arrested last week, by the FBI in Costa Rica. (Smuggling arms)

    • Rooikop

      Go read up on your history. Large parts of ZA were uninhabited when the voortrekkers arrived – mostly due to Shaka raping, killling and pillaging. The voortrekkers also bought land from Dingaan who in the typical african fashion did not stick to the contract and murdered Retief and many other whites. We have paid for that land it is OURS.
      The xhosa were driven from south till the met with the whites settling at the Visrivier – Rather than living in peace they started to rape and pillage the farms of the white people – These whites were there before them and now you want to take that?
      Rasta Don’t Know – study your facts before making racist and hate speech comments like that

      • Rasta Dono

        the history is whites have no business on african land should not have leave eeurope for africa give it up now africans are getting upset in the future their will no more talking about land you just came in and steal and think you will get awaway with it think again it will not work in your favour

        • Boerseun.Z.A.R

          Are you not from the Congo-(“DRC”) ?

          • Rasta Dono

            congo if Africa isn’t or maybe eastern Europe please tell me where congo is located

          • Boerseun.Z.A.R

            He He

        • Rooikop

          The point is this southern part of africa was not inhabited by africans either so they also have no claim on this piece of africa. The africans that migrated south also “stole” this land just as much as the europeans. So threatining with violence as you are doing is hate speech.

          • Andrea

            Rooikop, save your breath. Rasta is of the same DNA as the one who believed that AIDS could be cured by eating beetroot and garlic … what a pity she was corrected.

        • hobbes007

          Should blacks in America, Europe, and Australia go back to Africa too?

          • Boerseun.Z.A.R

            YES!!

          • Rasta Dono

            this would be the best could have ever happened to black

  • hobbes007

    As I see it, the writing is on the wall. Farmers have a choice to leave and make a new life for themselves, or stay and wait until the genocide becomes a full blown bloodbath. White people in Africa should know by now that in Africa the moral standards are different, so don’t expect to be treated fairly just because blacks are now treated fairly in white countries.

    • Rasta Dono

      buddy as a black man I feel your pain the anc is to be blame for not solving the land issue this is what cause the the poverty and need to be address and this government have no intention to solve this problem Africans have no hope with out land these people keep making new rules and not tackling the problem landlessness