Posted on 31/10/2018
Seizing Land will create Food Shortages
The king of the largest ethnic group in South Africa, Zulu, has spoken out against the expropriation of land without compensation in the country. He has declared that he is ready to cooperate with the country’s white farmers, otherwise known as Afrikaners or Boers.
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has said the group will cooperate with South African minority rights group AfriForum.
“The Zulu nation I’m talking about will not exist if we don’t have food. That’s why I say farmers must come closer so that we discuss what we can do when we talk about agriculture and the availability of enough food in the land. That’s why I’m asking AfriForum of the Boers to come and help us,” Zwelithini said (Ref: eNews Channel Africa)“…Because when government started talking about the appropriation of land, expropriation without compensation, Boers downed tools. There is no food in South Africa.”
The Zulu people, with an estimated 10-12 million population live mainly in KwaZulu-Natal province. They make up over a fifth of the South African population and thus carry significant influence in general elections. The next one is due in 2019.
“Anyone who wants to be voted for and elected by us, I’m going to talk now, anyone who wants to be elected by us must come and kneel here and commit that I will never touch your land,” King Goodwill Zwelithini said.
Power of the King
Kings have no official power in modern South Africa, but retain the loyalty of millions of people and are recognized in the constitution as traditional leaders.
The land expropriation program run by President Cyril Ramaphosa is designed to redistribute land to poor black people to tackle severe inequality 24 years after the end of apartheid. It mostly involves lands owned by Boers, whites primarily of Dutch descent whose ancestors have been on the land since the 17th Century. However, the policy has created discontent among the Zulus as such action will inevitably undermine food production which many Zulus are dependent on.
The Zulu King has said that he is waiting for a meeting with the president. “He (Ramaphosa) must come here… and say it, write it down in an agreement and sign off that the land of the Zulus will not be touched.”
South Africa Social Problems
South Africa has significant problems politically, socially and economically. White farmers provide employment for black people living in rural communities. The South African unemployment rate stands at 24% and many accuse foreign nationals of taking jobs from locals. Official data suggests there are about two million foreign nationals in South Africa, but some estimates put the number much higher and violent attacks are becoming commonplace.
In 2016/17, the police recorded a total of 19,016 murders. The statistics for 2017/18 show it has increased to 20,336 murders.
The murder rate increased from 34.1 per 100,000 people to 35.8. In 2017/18 an average of 56 people being murdered every day. Among children, the number given was 691for boys and 294 for girls at.
OpEd by James Williams
No one stole the lands from the black tribes anymore than settlers in Europe can claim theft from any other. The white farmers have been there since the 1600s and white people brought prosperity with them . There are something in the region of 3,000 black tribes in Africa. Just like the whites and Europeans, they can look different, act differently and have different customs.
As with other situations with human tribes, some will get on and some will not. Black tribes would war with each other just like Europeans. It is a nonsense claim that whites came, conquered and enslaved.
According to available data the tribes were nomadic and tended not to farm. The population of black people today is considerably larger than the 1600s. This is largely due to whites bringing more modern methods and innovations that made fallow ground fertile. Whites brought trade, education, medicine and hygiene, plus clean drinking water. Until then many pregnant women lost their babies early due to disease and poor hygiene. There is a reason the British were accepted. They did not use force to exact control. They brought considerable benefit and prestige to many beyond their own tribe.
Unfortunately, as with other places, the lies, deception and division that is being sown among many populations comes from pro-socialist education that sees any economic inequalities as due to theft rather than the fruits of hard work, personal sacrifice and the evolution of hierarchies through the natural progression of human systems.
The land grab has been done before. It is very Marxian. Lenin did it in the Soviet Union and it has been repeated wherever Communism takes hold. Each time it leads to famine, brutal oppression and the death of millions.
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