I’ve been paying close attention to the situation unfolding in South Africa, over the past few years, because I believe that South Africa is a preview of the future facing all white majority countries, if we keep going down the current trajectory that we’re on. South Africa is just a few decades ahead of the rest of us.
The South African parliament voted on Tuesday in favor of a motion seeking to change the constitution to allow white-owned land expropriation without compensation.
The motion, which was brought by Julius Malema – the leader of the radical Marxist opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters – passed by a wide margin of 241 votes to 83 against.
Several parties – the Democratic Alliance, Freedom Front Plus, Cope and the African Christian Democratic Party – did not support the motion. The matter has been referred to the parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee, which must report back by August 30.
“The time for reconciliation is over. Now is the time for justice,”Malema told the parliament. “We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land.”
They didn’t steal the land from anybody. Most of the land that makes up South Africa was sparsely populated wilderness, with only a small amount of native tribes living there. Those natives currently only make up about one percent of the South African population. In other words, most of the black population, which claim ownership of the “stolen land” settled there AFTER white Europeans had already settled in the country.
Whites began colonising the sparsely populated land now known as South Africa, in 1652. They created a functioning country out of nothing, and blacks came down from further north to try and share in the prosperity that these white settlers had created. At first there was a symbiotic relationship between the two groups. The blacks got access to higher standards of living than they had ever managed to create themselves, and the whites got access to a source of cheap labour, which they could use to help in their efforts to make something out of the country.
Over the past 150 years, black people have flooded into the country from other parts of Africa, in order to live off the productivity of these white settlers (very similar to what we’re seeing unfold in Europe now with the migrant crisis). They’ve even been willing to risk getting killed and eaten by lions, just for the opportunity to live in a country that was built by white people. And now, instead of showing their gratitude to these white people, who gave them a better standard of living than they ever managed to create themselves, they want to steal the land from them. The land their white ancestors settled and made something of, and the land that these white farmers have used to feed them. All because they’ve bought into an idiotic notion, that these white people “stole” the land from them.
South Africa has a population of over 50 million people. According to a 2017 government audit, white people own 72 percent of farmland.
Because the white people are the descendants of the ones who settled the land in the first place. The majority of the non-white population, immigrated to the country later, after the land was already settled.
Last week, South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, pledged to return the lands owned by white farmers since the 1600s to the black citizens of the country. He added that food production and security must be preserved.
How can you “return” something to people who never owned it in the first place?
Also, good luck maintaining food production when you take the farms from the people who know how to work them, and “return” them to a bunch of incompetent morons, who don’t know what they’re doing.
The official opposition Democratic Alliance party (DA) has criticized the motion, saying it will undermine property rights and scare off potential investors.
Yep. Why would you invest in a country which has proven that it has no respect for property rights? Why start a business there, when it could potentially be seized by the government, if it ends up being successful?
The DA’s Thandeka Mbabama told the parliament that expropriation without compensation was a way to divert attention from the failure by successive ANC-led (African National Congress) governments.
Yep. Failures such as:
- A massive increase in violent crime post-Apartheid.
- Problems keeping the power grid up and running.
- An inability to keep water supplied to their second largest city.
And these are just a few examples of failures, off the top of my head. I’m sure there are plenty of other problems as well, but this is nothing unusual. Every single sub-Saharan African country is an absolute joke, overrun with corruption and complete and utter idiocy. They are completely incapable of running a functioning country. Rather than creating any prosperity themselves, all they can do is steal from the productive elements of their society (the white minority in this case). But once the white minority isn’t around anymore to steal resources from, what will they do then?
It is shocking that at the current rate it will take 35 years to finalize (land) restitution claims lodged before 1998,” said Mbabama, who is deputy shadow minister for rural development and land reform.
It’s been more than two decades since the end of apartheid in the 1990s, and the ruling ANC party is still trying to tackle racial disparities in land ownership in South Africa.
If you have any sense, you would hope that it will take even longer than that. The sooner you do “tackle those racial disparities”, the sooner your country will end up like every other failed sub-Saharan African country. It’s not in your best interests longterm, to tackle them at all.
The president of farmers’ group the Transvaal Agricultural Union, Louis Meintjes, warned the country risks going down the same route as Zimbabwe, which plunged into famine after a government-sanctioned purge of white farmers in the 2000s.
“Where in the world has expropriation without compensation coupled to the waste of agricultural land, resulted in foreign confidence, economic growth and increased food production?” Meintjes said, as cited by Australia’s news.com.au.
“If Mr Ramaphosa is set on creating an untenable situation, he should actively create circumstances which will promote famine. His promise to expropriate land without compensation sows the seed for revolution. Expropriation without compensation is theft.”
The most sensible thing said yet. Shame that nobody is going to listen to him of course.
Pay close attention to what is going on in South Africa. I can guarantee that once things do go to hell, when civil unrest kicks off, when massacres start happening, when people start starving, etc., that the media narrative is going to place the blame solely on the white people. But we know this isn’t the case. We need to be aware of what has actually happened. Because don’t think that something similar won’t happen in Europe, North America, Australia, etc., someday. The whole “we’re taking back our stolen land” narrative, is just an excuse to justify what is happening, to the international community. It’s not about justice. It’s about stealing resources from a group they despise and envy. But once the demographics shift in all other countries, there won’t be any international community to justify their actions to. They’ll be free to the same to us, without having to hide behind any excuses.