This land is my land. Or not.

It is easy to tell that while he heads the ANC and the government, Cyril Ramaphosa is not in charge. In his heart of hearts, assuming politicians have hearts, he must know that two things are very wrong.

The first is that he has retained some of the dead wood – festering, rotten, putrid, dead wood – from the Zuma era. People whose reputations have been shattered, and who should be in jail cells, but who instead are heading ministries where they can do yet more harm.

The second is that he has embraced the naked theft which goes by the title of land reform. Reform, in the ANC (and EFF) parallel universe, involves land seizure without compensation.

Of course, there were past injustices, with people being thrown off their land. And compensation mechanisms can be devised, and have been devised, to deal with that.

But the ANC’s logic, if it can be dignified with that term, is as brainless as picking on a five year old white kid and accusing him or her of apartheid crimes. Or a blaming a five year German kid for Nazi atrocities.

Very few white land owners in this country personally snatched their land. And if they did, they should be jailed. In most cases, they inherited it from previous generations, who were of course, in some cases, thieves and barbarians.

How far back do you go? And if you do allow this land to be seized today, how do you account for all the improvements which have been made? If you have a productive, successful farm, this is due to human effort, investment and toil – not just to ownership of the land.

If a successful factory is on some land, is it legitimate to seize the business, the assets, the plant and machinery, as well as the land?

And then there are the banks. After sliding into a comatose state from all the graphs and numbers in the slides at the latest FirstRand bank results presentation, I was jolted back to consciousness. With a question on land.

“The banking sector is playing a key roll in contributing to the debate,” we were told, in reply. “Where bank lending is based on underlying security, the security must not be at risk.”

And here is the rub.

The ANC and the EFF can strut and preen on various stages, talking about their commitment to the restoration of stolen land.

But the two big buckets of sand in the vaseline will not make this a painless process.  Many of the current occupants of the disputed land will have legitimately inherited it, or will have legally bought it.

And many, many property owners share the privilege of ownership with the banks.

So just as the President is doing the country a disservice by retaining in his curate’s egg of a cabinet some of the despised members of the kleptocratic Zuptocracy, he should be more up-front about being forced to espouse the divisive nightmare that is land reform.

This country needs investment, for which secure property rights are a number-one requirement. We know that.  And he knows that.  He made his billions through capitalism, not communism.

It is a shame, therefore, that our President is mouthing ANC folly, and does not have a sufficiently strong power-base to do the right thing.

3 Comments on "This land is my land. Or not."

  1. Great article to put facts into perspective. This whole situation has become like arguments you will come across when children in preschool argue. Looking at history, this means that the ONLY rightful owners of land in South Africa are the Khoisan. The logical thing then is that all whites should return to Europe, Easterners to where ever the came from, and all Blacks to East Africa and other islands where there forefathers lived. I am not sure how many REAL Khoisan would be left then, maybe 3 or 6 who then own South Africa. But then, all Americans should then hurry back to Spain and Australians to the UK. I, as a descendant from Germany and being the 3rd generation born in South Africa, should go back to Germany and tell the German Government I claim the farm my ancestors owned. I am sure every one knows what they would tell me and what I can do. So, although Mr Ramaphosa may portrait the figure of a stable, able and successful billionaire businessman, I have my doubts. After all, where did he get the millions to start business on the scale he did, and likewise many other, for example Sexwale? To me it would be quite interesting to see the financial books of the funds of the people of South Africa and what happened to the funds shortly after 1994 and the ANC take over. I can not help to think that huge amounts were handed out to a number of the ANC elite, in other words stolen and handed out. Even some of the NP elite I suspect must have benefited from this in a similar way. Most of these ANC elites were either in jail or were hiding in the bush. So where did the money come from??? The fact is, the government does not own money, it is the Nation that owns the money. The government is only entrusted with the money by being voted for the job by the citizens of the Nation. And what a mistake was made when the ANC was voted in? Agreed, huge mistakes were made by the NP during apartheid, this has become abundantly clear. Example, they or we should have educated the black portion of the Nation as the white portion was educated. All white children should have been taught to speak a black language, depending where they went to school. The opposite goes for black children. The success of any Nation starts on the school bench. In spite of the wrongs of the past, the working solution the NP did were the homelands, remember? Boputhatswana, Transkei, Qwa-Qwa etc etc. If you visit those regions, you will still find successful black owned bushinesses and farms. Sure this says something. I say the government should research what the Nation wants. Not what the ANC wants which is based on lies and what was inherited from apartheid. Can you remember that before 1994 the white portion of the Nation actually agreed to by referendum that things should change. Surely that demonstrated a huge willingness to change minds for the better. It could have been different. So, Mr Ramaphosa, stop this nonsense you have in mind and THINK. Why not hand out the so called Government owned land if you want to take away land. Why does the government own land in anyway? You are being led by the nose by lies and a silly little fat man who has a huge mouth and little between his ear lobes. He has personal grudges and agendas in anyway and does not have the well-being of the Nation at heart. Why not surprise this Nation Mr Ramaphosa by doing something that for a change will be something new and applicable to this Nation of ours and move away from this idiotic mimicking lookout we see on this continent which has failed up-teen times. Show some proper leadership. If you do not have the BA..S for this, admit it and get out.

  2. Expropriation: What the constitution says –

    Radical economic transformation” / “land expropriation without compensation” are alternate terms for land grabbing and theft “Mugabe style” and where has that left Zim? – “Land Expropriation without compensation is illegal in international law. It is contrary to a dozen treaties that South Africa has signed and ratified and as such, it is a principle that is also enshrined in South African domestic law, Section 25 of the Constitution, therefore, cannot be changed to make land expropriation legal as Treaty law is superior law and always applies.

    The proposal, as directed (at land held by the white community), also contravenes half a dozen international treaties that South Africa have signed and ratified since the ANC took over, notably those condemning apartheid.

    Above argument applies with the ironic twist that any such initiative would result in the ANC being condemned under international law for actions that the world deems as being racist so it cannot be done!

    As for the consequences of implementing an illegal policy such as Land Expropriation without compensation in S.A., its economy will crash for the very simple reason that S.A. will have shown itself to be a thief and no one does business with a thief let alone extends credit to one. A modern economy cannot run without access to the international market, and for that, credit is needed. The Zimbabwean economy, for example, has a 90% unemployment rate and has declined by 70% from what it was during its independence simply because no one does business with a thief. The international community will immediately take note that South Africa has become a rogue state.

    What would happen, however, in terms of South Africa’s access to international markets, is of huge concern. South Africa would have signalled that property rights are insecure. That will mean that international investment in South Africa would come to a screeching halt. This is already happening – that is why South Africa is now ranked 7th in global gold mining when it used to be1st. This is why South Africa has a 30% unemployment rate with 50% of which is made up of its youth.

    The response by ANC/EFF could well be: “who cares, we do not need their investment”. That may very well be true, however, it is not where the real crisis would occur. South Africa needs access to international financial markets because it has a trade and budget deficit. It needs access to international financial markets to pay for its bloated public sector and to pay social grants to all those unemployed people. To raise this money, it needs the banks, now this is where the consequences of a policy of expropriation without compensation hits home as is the nature of banking goes, banks have highly leveraged Balance Sheets. They lend multiples of the assets they actually have. They additionally need to comply with the Basel ratio’s. If they have a rise in bad debt, this can easily wipe out their Balance Sheets – rendering them bankrupt, leading to their ultimate collapse.

    That is not the end of the story. South Africa has seen its black population rise from approximately 2.5m in the mid 19th century, to its current level of 50m. The 2.5mfiguremay be considered a sustainable level of black population without the benefits of colonialism or modern agriculture. However, because only 13% of South Africa is suited for agriculture and only 3% of that is high-quality agricultural land, the vast majority of South African agricultural land requires the application of modern technology and with farming in South Africa being highly capital intensive, farmers depend on bank lending not only to buy their farms but also to provide essential working capital.

    So, if the land is expropriated without compensation and banks collapse, who is left to provide the essential working capital mentioned above? And if farms then collapse due to the banks collapsing, due to the consequences of land expropriation mentioned above, up to 95% of the existing black population is at risk of starvation and banks will not be able to access international markets, international lenders will not lend and South Africa then descends into chaos. At that point, the international community would probably intervene with the military to restore order. As such, South Africa would have become yet another Failed State in the traditional African mold.”

    South African Gov. & EFF LIE TO IT’S IGNORANT & UNEDUCATED CITIZENS & SUPPORTERS…. Considering some historical facts about South Africa’s land:

    The first Europeans arrived on 6 April 1652. The Europeans who came with Van Riebeeck had no intention of staying in the Cape. In the written evidence left to South Africans by the men who did not intend to stay (and therefore had no reason to lie), it is written in black and white over and over again that the Europeans settled on uninhabited land. They exchanged land for cattle and money and traded with the nomadic indigenous people, the Khoi (Bushman).

    The Company decided to import slaves.

    I emphasize “import” because no indigenous person in South Africa was ever put into slavery! In actual fact, the slaves who were brought in from Madagascar, Batavia, Ceylon and East Africa, were the ancestors of an entirely new group of people: the Coloured nation of South Africa who adopted the customs and culture of the European. These slaves also added to the bloodline of the European settlers, as did the French Huguenots of 1688 and the British Settlers of 1820. The White South African was a new nation, born in Africa. This nation called its language, Afrikaans, after Africa. This nation called itself after Africa – Afrikaaners.

    On the first of December 1834 slavery was abolished in the Cape Colony. This is two years before the start of the Great Trek.The white man in South Africa knew nothing of the existence of the Zulu, the Tswana, the Sotho or the Venda existence before the abolition of slavery… It is chronologically impossible that indigenous people could be held in slavery if the so-called slave masters did not even know of their existence before the abolition of slavery.

    Let us look at the “great” Shaka Zulu and the Zulu nation. Remember that the Europeans landed in South Africa in 1652. Shaka kaSenzaghakohona was born around 1787. Shaka Zulu only appeared in South Africa 135 YEARS AFTER THE EUROPEANS LANDED IN SOUTH AFRICA!!!

    Shaka Zulu managed to unite, (through force, murder and rampage), a number of small tribes into the Zulu nation around 1819. Before 1819, there were no Zulu people in South Africa. A question of mathematics: The Zulu nation came into existence only 167 years after the arrival of Van Riebeeck. What logic can possibly argue that the Europeans took anything away from the Zulu-people?

    The black man established himself in this barren land now known as South Africa a full 174 years AFTER the white man. How dare you then call the white man a settler when you are nothing more? If they don’t belong here, certainly neither do you.


    It is, therefore, time for S.A. Citizens to get rid of its junk ruling party and vote for a ruling party that does not lie, is not racist, does not discriminate, is fair and trusted by all, not just one majority race….

    Land Grab Plan Will Kill Investment –

    South Africa’s lurch towards disaster ––irr

    South African Elections 2019: Call for voters to register on 10 and 11 March 2018:

  3. Well written and to the point article! Yes, what are you doing ANC?

Leave a comment