SOUTH Africa’s white farmers have hit out in anger at the government’s decision to agree to constitutional changes to seize land from them.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced plans to allow white people’s land to be taken without compensation, which will then be distributed to black people in a move that he believes will be good for the economy.
The president made the announcement late on Tuesday in a televised address to the nation.
The farmers have claimed that the government’s plan will be “catastrophic and could lead to anarchy and food shortages like Venezuela or Zimbabwe”.
The economy of Zimbabwe collapsed after their own land reform was carried out.
More than 20 years after the end of apartheid in South Africa, white farmers still own the majority of South Africa’s land.
An organisation representing South Africans, AfriForum, said that land expropriation with no compensation would have “catastrophic results like in Venezuela and Zimbabwe”.
The organisation’s chief executive Kallie Kriel said: “History teaches us that international investors, regardless of what AfriForum or anyone else says, are unwilling to invest in a country where property rights are not protected.”
Ian Cameron, of AfriForum, said: “We’re really heading for a state of anarchy if something doesn’t change drastically.
“There are places where the police simply refuse to act. They don’t know the law well enough or refuse to apply it to logical reasoning when it comes to defending people’s property rights.”