Marxism Again: South African Parliament Votes to Seize Land From White Farmers

By Michael W. Chapman | March 1, 2018 | 4:12pm EST
South African President
Cyril Ramaphosa, who is the
head of the Marxist
African National Congress.

Not surprisingly, the South African Parliament, which is dominated by the Marxist African National Congress (ANC), voted on Tuesday to confiscate without compensation all of the land owned by white farmers in South Africa. 

The proposal, which passed 241 to 83, was put forward by the Marxist radical Julius Malema, head of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, reported the Daily Mail and other foreign news media.

The plan would amend part of South Africa's constitution and allow the government to take the land from the white farmers and not provide them with any financial compensation. The communist ANC fully supported the proposal. 

"The time for reconciliation is over," said Malema. "Now is the time for justice. We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land."

Julius Malema, head of the socialist Economic Freedom
Fighters party, who pushed the land-confiscation
measure.  (YouTube)

In 2016, Malema said he was "not calling for the slaughter of white people -- at least for now."

On the land-confiscation vote, Minister of Water Affairs Gugile Nkwinti said, "The ANC unequivocally supports the principle of land expropriation without compensation. There is no doubt about it, land shall be expropriated without compensation."

A small minority faction in the South African Parliament, the Democratic Alliance party, opposed the motion, as did the Freedom Front Plus party, a tiny faction that represents the white Afrikaner minority.

South African farm land. (Screenshot: YouTube, BBC) 

"Civil rights groups have accused the EFF and ANC of inciting an ongoing spate of attacks on white farmers characterized by extreme brutality, rape and torture — last year, more than 70 people were killed in more than 340 such attacks," reported the Australian

Ernst Roets, deputy chief executive of the civil rights group AfriForum, said the phrase "expropriation without compensation" was "semantic fraud." What is happening is "nothing more than racist theft," said Roets

Although the motion passed in the parliament, the issue of amending the constitution will be reviewed by the Constitutional Review Committee.  South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is the president of the ANC, supports the seizure of land from white farmers. 

A scene from the South African Parliament.  (YouTube)

The ANC has been the majority political party in South Africa since the end of Apartheid.

The first ANC president of South Africa – and its first black president -- was Nelson Mandela, whose regime formed a coalition with the National Party and the Inkatha Freedom Party.

Mandela served as president from 1994 to 1999.  He sought to heal racial divisions in the country by working with all South Africans.  He died in 2013.  After Mandela left office, ANC policies became increasingly more radical.



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