Julius Malema vows to continue invading unoccupied land

Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters has vowed that his party will continue invading ‘unoccupied land’ according to eNCA.

Malema said that this generation is running out of patience, and that the land invasions have put pressure on owners and the government to start action regarding land redistribution.

Malema also bragged about how one invasion saw 3000 families settle on a farm in Limpopo – after its owner had emigrated to Canada.

This was not the only land invasion where agricultural property was turned into residential property. Earlier this month Business LIVE reported on a group of black farmers who turned to Afriforum for help in getting a court order to force the police to evict a group of land invaders that had settled on their farms.

Dr Motodi Samuel Maserumule‚ Diphethe Bopape and Kgosi Letsi Phaahla had formed a partnership, trading as Akubra Trading, which bought the property in 2007, only to suddenly find it getting invaded and subdivided into housing – complete with a bulldozer laying down roads.

When Maserumule approached the invaders and pointed out that this was his land, they claimed his title deed was a forgery and offered him a 40 square meter stand.

The farmers were very impressed with the help Afriforum provided in getting their land back, as the police and sheriff weren’t willing to evict the invaders without a court order.

Meanwhile EWN reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has stated that there is no reason to expect other countries to implement sanctions on South Africa over expropriation without compensation.

He stated the global leaders are increasingly understanding of why the process is necessary and diplomacy is being used to win over those who disagree, this follows US President Donald Trump’s tweets on the process.

South Africa’s economy is currently precarious. According to Stats SA, since the ANC announced its policy on land redistribution the country has entered into a recession, sparking fears of another credit downgrade.

Unemployment has risen to 27.2%, the rand has plummeted to over R15 to the dollar, and according to the Citizen the petrol price is expected to go up by R1.14 per litre next month, with inland petrol hitting a record  R17 a litre.

My Take

Okay first something to understand about the EFF’s policy – it is actually pretty much the direct opposite to what it is billed as.

The EFF sells this idea that they want black South Africans to own the land in South Africa. What they actually want is to nationalise the land and distribute it through 99 year leases.

The problem with this system is that under a corrupt government, it is much easier for them to evict people if Anglo American for example want to mine the land under their houses. This is something that actually happens already in tribal lands, so it is not a far-fetched problem.

The second thing that strikes me here is – you’re not telling me that 3000 families moving onto a farm are using it to grow crops. Much as the case with those black farmers whose land was invaded, it looks to me an awful lot like what people want isn’t farms – it is residential property.

The EFF’s call to invade ‘unoccupied land’ has historically been dodgy as heck, because how can  you tell if the land is actually unoccupied when it is a farm? I’ve heard of farmers growing lucerne for their cattle getting their land invaded. You can’t always tell, just by looking at it that something is actually a crop.

For all of Malema’s pride at applying pressure to government, nobody is actually checking this stuff before invading the land. Is it any wonder that agriculture was one of the major sectors to have failed in the last quarter?

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