SA must plan for worst on land reform
AS THE country eagerly waits for the government to finalise the expropriation of land without compensation, I suggest we may as well start to plan for the worst.
South Africans are well within their rights to exercise their sovereignty in dealing with the exclusive and discriminatory laws passed under apartheid.
We must be cautious as we digest what US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said about our efforts to deal with the land question.
He said the proposed policy to change Section 25 of the Constitution to allow us to expropriate land without compensation would be disastrous for the South African economy and its people.
I wish Pompeo could take a leaf out of a book by the leader of the Conservative Party and current British prime minister, Boris Johnson, who admitted during his campaign speech that his country played a “shameful” role in Zimbabwe’s economic woes.
We also hear the US government has asked the Zimbabwean government to return land to white farmers as a condition to lift economic sanctions.
This is rather shameful. Zimbabweans, all white and black, must find an amicable solution and the US must stop weaponising this issue to fulfil its imperialist agenda.
What we do not hear from the local and international media is why London did not honour the Lancaster House agreement, 20 years later.
Second, the criticism of the
land seizures, prompted by white farmers digging in their heels, hiding behind the “willing-buyer willingseller” principle, was a one-sided argument which the US and British governments did little to handle in a way to assist the Zimbabwean government.
What more could happen if we proceed with expropriation of land without compensation?
From Pompeo’s argument, I am worried that the country can be plunged into chaos, isolated and sanctioned. The reality is we must plan for the worst. | RANKEPILE KHOMO Duduza