South Africa crackdown on white farmers: Mayor rages ‘why are they afraid of losing land?’

Monday, August 6, 2018
By Paul Martin

SOUTH Africa’s white farmers are fearing the worst over the government announced plans to take their land away from them without compensation.

Mon, Aug 6, 2018

Locals in the town of Swellendam have voiced their worries to South African Parliament’s Joint Constitutional Review Committee, who held hearings across several parts of the country to hear farmers’ concerns.

On Friday, a delegate from the African National Congress, South Africa’s ruling party, told locals at the Swellendam hearing: “My white brothers and sisters, don’t worry.”

The African National Congress supporter dismissed claims that members of the ANC would “chase white people into the sea”, stating that “this did not happen”.

Instead, he claimed that “white people” grew richer under an ANC-led government than the previous apartheid regime.

The delegate also said that a weak currency would in fact strengthen farmers’ exports, and that President Cyril Ramaphosa was a great leader.

He added: “We won’t take your homes. What I want is to farm next to you.”

The African National Congress came into power after the 1994 election, becoming the first party to rule South Africa since the end of the country’s apartheid system.

Apartheid was a system of institutionalised racial segregation, established in South Africa after the National Party gained power in 1948.

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