Namibia pledges to follow South Africa’s lead and expropriate land from white citizens to redistribute to majority black population

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
By Paul Martin

President Hage Geingob calls for change is Namibian laws to enable land grab
Plans to transfer nearly half of the arable land to disadvantaged black citizens
Namibia wants to follow South Africa’s path in redistributing white-owned land
Political parties and NGOs have criticised attempts to make land reform measure

3 October 2018

Namibia is set to follow in South Africa’s footsteps with a pledge to take white-owned land and redistribute it to the majority black population.

President of Namibia, Hage Geingob, vowed to push ahead with land expropriation during a speech on Monday.

His call to redress this ‘historical inequality’ echo the government of neighbouring South Africa, where the issue has become a fierce political battleground.

Namibia, which was ruled by colonial Germany and then apartheid South Africa until 1990, has large swathes of agricultural land, as well as major diamond and platinum mining industries.

Geingob called for a change to the constitution to allow the Namibian government to expropriate land from white citizens and redistribute it to the majority black population.

He said at the opening of a national conference in Windhoek to discuss new land policy: ‘Many Namibians were driven off their productive land.

‘The fundamental issue is the inequality. We also share a burning land issue and a radicalised distribution of land resources with South Africa.

‘This comes from a common history of colonial dispossession. What we also agree to is that the status quo will not be allowed to continue.’

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