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South Africa: Land Expropriation, High Crime & Other News

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Well Searcher while you want to post your garbage in this thread. Just continue as you know best. A loota continua.
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Farmers' Lobby Group Blasts South Africa's Land Seizure Plans

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(Bloomberg) -- South African farmers’ lobby group Agri SA slammed the ruling party’s plans to change the constitution to make it easier to expropriate land without compensation and accused the government of failing to implement existing policies to address racially skewed ownership patterns.

Government data shows more than two-thirds of farmland is owned by whites, who constitute 7.8 percent of the country’s 57.7 million people -- a status quo rooted in colonial and white-minority rule. The ruling African National Congress decided in December that the situation is untenable and tasked a parliamentary committee to review the constitution to address it. The panel is holding public hearings in parliament in Cape Town this week.

Christo van der Rheede, Agri SA’s deputy executive director, told the panel on Wednesday there was very little cooperation between the national and provincial government on land reform, and that bureaucracy and an ineffective legislative framework were frustrating the process.

Changing the constitution “will not be about the outcomes we all seek,” Van der Rheede said. “No change is necessary. What needs to be changed is the entire bureaucratic system.”

Read why land seizure is back in the news in South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has given assurances that the government isn’t embarking on a land grab and any policy changes won’t be allowed to damage agricultural production. Even so, data released on Tuesday showed farm output dropped an annualized 29.2 percent in the second quarter and was a major contributor to the country falling into its first recession since 2009.

“We are seeing how agriculture is suffering due to the uncertainty,” Van der Rheede said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mike Cohen in Cape Town at mcohen21@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Karl Maier at kmaier2@bloomberg.net, Rene Vollgraaff

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NAFU support the call for Expropriation of land with compensation
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Published on Sep 5, 2018
Expropriation of land with compensation.
That's what Agri-SA is arguing before parliament this morning. By contrast..the National African Farmers' Union supported the call for expropriation of land without compensation.

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I know if I were one of the farmers I would be out of there before they got to me. -- and maybe I would plant a lot of bamboo everywhere it would take beforehand.
 

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Farmers' Group, Unions Blast South African Land Seizure Plan


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‎September‎ ‎5‎, ‎2018‎ ‎6‎:‎12‎ ‎AM Updated on ‎September‎ ‎5‎, ‎2018‎ ‎10‎:‎24‎ ‎AM
  • Land reform doesn’t require constitutional change: Agri SA
  • Agricultural output contracted 29.2% in the second quarter

South African farmers’ lobby group Agri SA slammed the ruling party’s plans to change the constitution to make it easier to expropriate land without compensation and accused the government of failing to implement existing policies to address racially skewed ownership patterns.

Government data shows more than two-thirds of farmland is owned by whites, who constitute 7.8 percent of the country’s 57.7 million people -- a status quo rooted in colonial and white-minority rule. The ruling African National Congress decided in December that the situation is untenable and tasked a parliamentary committee to review the constitution to address it. The panel is holding public hearings in parliament in Cape Town this week.

Christo van der Rheede, Agri SA’s deputy executive director, told the panel on Wednesday there was very little cooperation between the national and provincial government on land reform, and that bureaucracy and an ineffective legislative framework were frustrating the process.

Changing the constitution “will not be about the outcomes we all seek,” Van der Rheede said. “No change is necessary. What needs to be changed is the entire bureaucratic system.”

Read why land seizure is back in the news in South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has given assurances that the government isn’t embarking on a land grab and any policy changes won’t be allowed to damage agricultural production. Even so, data released on Tuesday showed farm output dropped an annualized 29.2 percent in the second quarter and was a major contributor to the country falling into its first recession since 2009. Agri SA has observed sharp slowdown in farm sales.

“We are seeing how agriculture is suffering due to the uncertainty,” Van der Rheede said.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions, the country’s biggest labor group, also said it opposed changing the constitution, which already enables the state to tackle land reform, restitution and redistribution.

The clause that deals with land rights and expropriation “is important because it protects the poor from a possible abuse by a future government,” the federation said in an emailed statement on Wednesday. ‘In our quest to expropriate land from white people, we need not be shortsighted and throw the baby out with the bathwater.”

Read more on how the land reform plans are roiling markets.

The South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners, the In Transformation Initiative, the Afrikanerbond and the National Association of Democratic Lawyers were among other organizations that appealed for the constitution to be left unchanged, while the National African Farmers Union called an amendment to provide for the nationalization of all land.

The parliamentary committee has received about 450,000 written submissions, and an analysis of a third of them showed 59 percent of respondents favored leaving the constitution as is, while 40 percent wanted it changed. The panel is expected to report back to the National Assembly by the end of the month.

The ANC will need some opposition support to secure the two-thirds majority it needs to alter a clause requiring just and equitable compensation to be paid for expropriated property. It’s likely to win the backing of the radical Economic Freedom Fighters, which wants all land nationalized. A protracted court battle is likely to be waged to test the validity of any amendments passed by parliament.

“Addressing the land issue is as simple as they make it out to be,” Zwelethu Jolobe, a politics lecturer at the University of Cape Town, said by phone. “No draft law has been tabled and no draft policy documents have emerged. It is highly unlikely this issue will be resolved in the next year or two, or if ever.”

(Updates with union comment in seventh paragraph.)


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We are going over the head of our Government | Steve Hofmeyr meets Petr Bystron
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Published on Sep 4, 2018
The German MP Petr Bystron meets Steve Hofmeyr in Pretoria. Mr Bystron wants to learn first hand about the horrors in South Africa.
 

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EFF Tell W.Farmer "We are Going To Have Trouble Now" Must Watch
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Published on Sep 4, 2018
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They had twenty years for expropriation with compensation and the white people made it impossible to buy the land. They inflated the price beyond what was reasonable,or even realistic. Now that the Government says enough is enough, you guys are bullshitting; we'll just have to take the land...Now they say: alright, alright, ... give us another chance to sell. What is this??!!! THIS IS NOT A GAME!... NO ONE TAKES US SERIOUSLY AS A PEOPLE !!! Meanwhile here in the united snakes of amerikkka, they have built wall street upon the bones of our ancestors; they have cut and paved highways over our dead. TAKE THE LAND. IT BELONGS TO THE BLACK MASSES!!!
 

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SA is proving in spades (no pun intended), that "Democracy is two wolves and one sheep voting on what's for dinner."
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At least we have yet another argument for why we need guns. It ain’t for hunting.
 

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*Some interesting comments below the vid.

You Made Us Kitchen Girls & Garden Boys We Want Our Land Back
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Published on Sep 7, 2018
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Ramaphosa Final Decisions On Expropriation Of Land.
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South Africa is 'close to a war zone' with 57 murders a DAY, says police minister
South Africa is 'close to a war zone' with 57 murders a DAY, says police minister

  • South Africa's police minister has compared the country to a 'war zone'
  • More than 20,300 people were killed from April 2017 to March 2018
  • The already high murder rate increased by seven per cent year-on-year
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Emotions Run High Amid South Africa Talk of Land Confiscation
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Published on Sep 12, 2018
Plans by South Africa's government that would allow the taking of land without compensation have provoked an emotional response. Farmers, many of whom belong to the white minority, say they live in fear of losing their land; meanwhile, supporters of the move say returning land to the marginalized black majority is only right. The controversy recently reached the ears of U.S. President Donald Trump, who signaled his disapproval last month in a controversial tweet. Anita Powell reports.
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‘Give me Siberian winter over Kalahari Desert summer’: South African farmers head to Russia
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Published on Sep 12, 2018
Amid threat of land expropriation without compensation, South African farmers head to Russia looking to resettle.

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FWIW...……….

Black South African and White South African discuss State of South Africa
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Published on Sep 12, 2018
So, a black South African living in Beijing took exception to some of the things I said about South Africa in my "China Saved my Life" video, and felt compelled to meet with me to air her views, I was very happy to hear her side of the story... You decide!

The "China Saved my Life" video that sparked this off:
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WATCH: Police say Wonderboom security guard attacker used k-word


Published on Sep 20, 2018
Police have confirmed the father and son duo who attacked a Wonderboom Airport security guard supervisor on Wednesday used the k-word before repeatedly hitting him.

In an altercation caught on CCTV cameras, Morris Segapu sustained injuries to his body and face while on duty.

According to Segapu, the pair were enraged when their parking ticket would not open the boom gate.
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Dagga party leader expressed his joy at the ConCourt judgment
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Published on Sep 18, 2018
The Constitutional Court has decriminalised the private use of cannabis.
We cross back to the Constitutional Court where Mahlako Komane is.

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Reactions: Dagga use decriminalised
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EFF calls on Die Stem removed from the national anthem
Politics / 24 September 2018, 11:57am / Baldwin Ndaba


Johannesburg - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has used the Heritage Day celebrations in the country to call for the removal of Die Stem from the national anthem.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said his party also wants the removal of all apartheid and colonial statues and symbols removed.
“These symbols perpetuate the comfort of racists and white supremacy,” Ndlozi said.

He said his party was joining all South Africans in celebrating Heritage Day saying “On this day, we reiterate our call for the return of the land through the management of our constitution to allow expropriation without compensation”.

He said the most important heritage upon which all culture is based, is the land.

“Finally, we call on the entire continent to embrace Kiswahili as a language of continental unity. Let us take pride in our heritage,” Ndlozi said.
Meanwhile, the Swahili Language Board of Southern Africa (SLBSA) also joined the rest of South African in celebrating national Heritage Day.
SLBSA chairperson Dr Zukile Jama said his body bare cognisance of how South African continues to preserve its rich and diverse heritage especially its indigenous languages.

“It is with this view that we fully support the recent calls of officially adopting Kiswahili as one of our national languages. SLBSA is one of the institutions equipped to assist with building a solid foundation of Swahili language in Southern Africa,” Dr Jama said.

He said the call for the adoption of Kiswahili as Africa’s common language by EFF leader Julius Malema and the recent announcement by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga that Kiswahili has been approved as the second language that would be offered to learners in South African schools were in-line with their vision of promoting the usage of Kiswahili for regional unity and sustainable socio-economic development in Southern Africa.

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Rape crisis: Sexual violence in South Africa is running out of control
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Published on Sep 24, 2018
The rape level in South Africa is now one of the highest in the world. In one of the latest cases, a 23-year-old student from Rhodes University, committed suicide in August, after being raped.
 

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South Africa's nano satellite to monitor shipping traffic and vessel compliance
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Published on Sep 26, 2018
South Africa has developed a sophisticated nano satellite to keep an eye on shipping traffic from high in the sky. Developed by students and academics from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, it's expected to assist maritime authorities monitor vessel compliance along the coastline. CGTN's Travers Andrews has this report.

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As Killings Of South African Politicians Surge, ANC Ignores Pleas For Help


by Tyler Durden
Mon, 10/01/2018 - 23:05


White South African farmers aren't the only ones who are fearing for their lives in the face of persecution by the African National Congress. Increasingly, members of the party have been struggling to survive amid a surge in violent retribution. As the New York Times reports, South African politicians are being assassinated with alarming frequency as party members hire mercenary assassins to eliminate rivals (or, more often, anti-corruption whistleblowers). Even as murders proliferate and public outrage intensifies, prosecutions are rare. Killings soared under former President Jacob Zuma, but Cyril Ramaphosa, the "reform" candidate who ousted Zuma, has ignored calls to try and stop them, fostering suspicions that these lethal intraparty feuds extend all the way to the party's leadership.

With political will to stamp out the killings within the ANC virtually nonexistent, they have become a potent reminder that the rule of law in one of Africa's largest economies is virtually nonexistent. They're also a sign of just how far the party has strayed from its roots. One politician who took a stand against corruption in a rural South African province told the NYT that he felt like he was being "hunted like an animal." In its story, the NYT shares how one local politician, a man named Sindiso Magaqa, was ambushed in his red BMW by a hit squad who riddled him with bullets. He survived the attack, but died a few weeks later from his wounds.



Magaqa's crime? He tried to expose ANC politicians involved in the construction of a public project to build a new Memorial Hall in Umzimkhulu after obtaining documents showing that the municipality had paid contractors more than $2 million with little to show for it.

The documents, which were reviewed by The New York Times, showed that after the contractor won the renovation contract in 2013, worth $1.2 million, the municipality paid the company and its subcontractor nearly two-thirds of the money, even though the project was far behind schedule.​
Two years later, after the company and its subcontractor failed to finish, the municipality hired a different contractor for another $1 million.
In all, the documents do not unequivocally prove corruption on their own, but they show the municipality spent nearly all of the money it had budgeted for the hall - and ended up with little to show for it.​
Mr. Zulu said he had grabbed the files and promised to pursue the case with his contacts in the police. But over the following months, Mr. Magaqa brandished the documents in the council and challenged leaders of the dominant A.N.C. faction, leading Mr. Zulu to wonder whether his old friend was also trying to use the issue to his personal political advantage.​

The attack that eventually killed Magaqa occurred several months later.

Meanwhile, a friend of Magaqa's who is presently in hiding for fear he might be next on the ANC's hit list compared the party to the Italian mafia.

All of the assassination targets had one thing in common: They were members of the African National Congress who had spoken out against corruption in the party that defined their lives.​
"If you understand the Cosa Nostra, you don’t only kill the person, but you also send a strong message," said Thabiso Zulu, another A.N.C. whistle-blower who, fearing for his life, is now in hiding.​
"We broke the rule of omertà," he added, saying that the party of Nelson Mandela had become like the Mafia.​

One notable aspect of the recent spate of killings that differentiates them from the political violence of the past is that, today, ANC members are killing other ANC members as they struggle for turf and power. In the past, violence was confined mostly to members of rival political parties.

Political assassinations are rising sharply in South Africa, threatening the stability of hard-hit parts of the country and imperiling Mr. Mandela’s dream of a unified, democratic nation.​
But unlike much of the political violence that upended the country in the 1990s, the recent killings are not being driven by vicious battles between rival political parties.​
Quite the opposite: In most cases, A.N.C. officials are killing one another, hiring professional hit men to eliminate fellow party members in an all-or-nothing fight over money, turf and power, A.N.C. officials say.
Of all the trappings of corruption now borne by the ANC, the killings are perhaps the most serious, and the most difficult to ignore.

The party once inspired generations of South Africans and captured the imagination of millions around the world — from impoverished corners of Africa to wealthy American campuses.​
But corruption and divisions have flourished within the A.N.C. in recent years, stripping much of the party of its ideals. After nearly 25 years in power, party members have increasingly turned to fighting, not over competing visions for the nation, but over influential positions and the spoils that go with them.​

Since the beginning of 2016, the rate of killings has almost doubled, prompting police to release data about political killings for the first time earlier this year.

The death toll is climbing quickly. About 90 politicians have been killed since the start of 2016, more than twice the annual rate in the 16 years before that, according to researchers at the University of Cape Town and the Global Initiative Against Transnational Crime.​
The murders have swelled into such a national crisis that the police began releasing data on political killings for the first time this year, while the new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has lamented that the assassinations are tarnishing Mr. Mandela’s dream.​

The wave of killings has done so much damage to the national psyche, that some believe the country was better off before it achieved democracy.

"It was better before we attained democracy, because we knew the enemy - that the enemy was the regime, the unjust regime," said Mluleki Ndobe, the mayor of the district where Mr. Magaqa and five other A.N.C. politicians have been assassinated in the past year.​
"Now, you don’t know who is the enemy," he said.​
In a sign that the people could soon act to unseat the corrupt ANC, dissatisfaction has festered even as Ramaphosa has pushed the expropriation of land from white farmers (while also tacitly endorsing violence against white farmers). Markets have lost confidence, too, sending the South African rand spiraling lower earlier this year, though it has begun to claw back some of its losses in recent days. But exactly one year from now, South Africans will have an opportunity to vote out the ANC during a general election in October 2019. But given this propensity for violence, we imagine it wouldn't go peacefully.

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South Africa's Zulu king, Afrikaans nationalists to form farming partnership

Ed Stoddard

October 9, 2018 / 8:39 AM / Updated a day ago


JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s Zulu king and Afrikaans nationalist group AfriForum are forming a partnership to develop the agriculture on vast swathes of land the monarch controls through a trust, AfriForum’s CEO said on Tuesday.

The move comes as the ruling African National Congress (ANC) takes steps to change the constitution to expropriate land without compensation while also seeking to provide security of tenure to people living on royal tribal lands - policies opposed by AfriForum and the king.

“We are finalising a memorandum of understanding to make the agreement formal,” AfriForum Chief Executive Kallie Kriel told Reuters.

King Goodwill Zwelithini controls 2.8 million hectares, a fragmented sub-tropical area the size of Belgium, under an entity called the Ingonyama Trust.

“We have numerous members that have successful farms in the vicinity of the trust. The idea is to get a formula where there can be cooperation between our members and people living on the trust land to stimulate agricultural development,” Kriel said.

Much of the farming in those areas is focused on sugar, cattle, game and high-value fruit such as avocados. AfriForum is generally seen as a right-wing, nationalist group that has lobbied for support for “white rights” in the United States.

The eNCA news channel’s website on Tuesday quoted the king as saying: “I’m asking AfriForum ... to come and help us. They are willing to work with me and my father’s people to uplift agriculture in our land.”

The monarch, who wields influence over millions of rural voters, reiterated his warnings to the ANC not to include his territory in its land reform drive.

“Anyone who wants to be elected by us must come and kneel here and commit that I will never touch your land,” he said.

The king said over the weekend he wanted President Cyril Ramaphosa to sign an agreement backing a pledge earlier this year not to expropriate trust land or change property relationships there.

Other traditional leaders have also told the ANC not to undermine their authority on the 13 percent of South African territory they rule. Much of it straddles rich deposits of platinum and other minerals.


Such leaders see themselves as the custodians of culture and traditions but critics say some have enriched themselves through their control of access to resources.

The ANC’s main target is white-owned property. Most private South African land remains in white hands, making it a potent symbol of wider economic disparities.

Editing by Ed Osmond

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Western Cape farm owner, wife recovering in hospital following attack
2018-10-08 14:07
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Western Cape police have confirmed that a farm owner and his wife were injured on Friday during an attack on their farm near Wellington.

Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said the incident occurred at about 22:30 on Friday while the family was having a braai.

"Five unidentified males with balaclavas, one positively armed with a firearm and the others with knives, threatened him and took him into his house where the rest of his family was," Van Wyk said.

News24 understands that the farm owner is Ludwig Uys.

Home ransacked

Uys, his wife Melanie and their children – aged 4, 8 and 10 – are believed to have been locked up in their home.

Uys and his wife were allegedly assaulted by the men and are recovering in hospital.

Van Wyk said the home was ransacked by the suspects. He said it was not known what they managed to get away with.

"The farm owner managed to get a phone which he used to call for help. It is also unknown if he hurt himself or if he was injured by the suspects," Van Wyk said.

No arrests have been made and investigations continue, according to Van Wyk

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A little history.

The Apartheid Regime's Sinister Chemical Warfare Programme (2000)
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Published on Oct 12, 2018
Chemical Warfare (2000): Before Skripal and Assad, there was P. W. Botha. This film examines the chemical and biological programme developed under the apartheid regime in the 1980s.

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In the early 80's President Bohta was becoming paranoid about the growing unrest in the townships Project Coast was hatched to develop a biological and chemical warfare Program which would not only suppress the townships but act as a weapon in war. Project Coast involved 200 staff and cost one hundred million rand.

The Roodeplaat Research Base, 15 km north of Pretoria was the centre for the research. The labs were top secret and highly protected. Inside scientists were working on the ultimate chemical, biological weapon which would be small, undetectable and cause paralysis of the muscles or death. Dr. Goosen who headed the biological Program says 'the weapon Placed in the wrong hands could have killed millions'. However luckily the project was disbanded in the early 90's when power was handed over to Mandela.

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South Africa’s Zulu nation joins white farmers in fight against government land seizures
Published time: 9 Oct, 2018 17:54



The largest ethnic group in South Africa, Zulu, has spoken out against the expropriation of land without compensation in the country. Zulu is ready to cooperate with the country's white farmers, 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, as quoted by 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,” he added.

Zulu people are the largest ethnic group in South Africa, with an estimated 10-12 million people living mainly in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. The group accounts for more than a fifth of the country’s population and its opinion is important in the context of the general elections next year.

“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,” the Zulu King said.

While kings have no official power in modern South Africa, they still have 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. However, the program has aroused discontent among the Zulus, too.

The Zulu King said 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,” Zwelithini said.

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Fear stalks township streets of South Africa murder capital


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(Bloomberg) -- Siyabonga Mrwetyana rushes home to bolt his doors and windows as darkness falls on Nyanga, a Cape Town slum that’s South Africa’s undisputed murder capital and one of the world’s most dangerous places outside a war zone.

“In the winter time, I must be in bed by six o’clock,” the 45-year-old unemployed builder, who’s been robbed more than 20 times, said in an interview in the settlement of shacks, cramped cinder-block houses and low-rise apartments. “I’m scared. It’s not safe.”

Residential shacks are seen in the Nyanga township.

Nyanga is at ground zero of the explosion of crime in South Africa, where the scourge ranks among the world’s worst - the national murder rate of 35.2 per 100,000 people is more than six times higher than that of the U.S. and the highest in nine years. An average of 56 homicides a day were reported in the 12 months through March. Over the same period in Nyanga, police logged 308 murders, 1,910 assaults and more than 2,000 robberies there.

That this is happening in the metropolitan area of Cape Town may surprise the millions of tourists who flock each year to its sandy beaches, iconic flat-topped Table Mountain and picturesque winelands. The U.K.’s Telegraph newspaper has rated it as the world’s top city destination for the past four years.

Stark inequality
But among impoverished residents of townships on the city’s fringes, known collectively as the Cape Flats, stark inequality and a lack of proper schooling and jobs has bred what Anine Kriegler, a researcher at University of Cape Town’s Centre of Criminology, calls “a real sense of frustration and rage.”

Thandowethu, an unemployed 20-year-old who declined to give his surname, voiced that anger as he hung out with five friends behind Nyanga’s meat market, his eyes glassy after smoking a marijuana joint.

“There’s no work,” he said. “I feel like life is such a mess. You wake up and do nothing. You are nobody. Sometimes I feel like doing crime.”

Nyanga was established in the late 1940s to house black labourers who were banned from living close to the city during apartheid. Spread over an area of 3.1 square kilometres - smaller than New York’s Central Park - the area had just shy of 60,000 residents at the time of the last census six years ago.

Street loitering
More than 40 percent of those aged from 15 to 24 weren’t working or studying, well above the national average - a statistic born out by the throngs of people loitering in the litter-strewn streets.

Residents blame most of the crime on the “maparapara,” a slang word for the idle youths who are often hooked on crystal methamphetamine, known locally as “tik.” Intermittent wars between rival taxi groups vying for business, rampant domestic abuse and binge-drinking compound the violence.

“The police have had virtually no presence and crime intelligence has barely been functioning,” said Dalli Weyers, co-head of programmes at the Social Justice Coalition, which campaigns for improved safety and rights for poor communities. “It’s a very brutalised community. There’s been a culture of neglect.”

Also read: Tension in Hillbrow after residents attack drug dealers

Apartheid legacy
South Africa’s crime crisis is in part a legacy of the white-minority rule that was practised during colonial rule and was later codified into apartheid - a system that denied the black majority the vote and a decent education, and bred widespread contempt for the authorities that enforced it.

“It is very common that new modernising, middle-income countries with high levels of inequality and recent widespread experiences of trauma, especially at the hands of the state, have very high rates of violence,” said the University of Cape Town’s Kriegler, who cites El Salvador and Honduras as examples. “The people are alienated from the police and don’t find common cause with them.”

The advent of democracy in 1994 helped restore some trust in the criminal justice system and ease political violence. The murder rate fell steadily from a peak of 67.9 per 100,000 people in 1995 when an integrated national police force was created and nationwide statistics were compiled for the first time.

The trend reversed in 2011 as crime-fighting efforts were crippled by repeated changes to top management at law-enforcement agencies during the almost nine-year tenure of former President Jacob Zuma, who was personally implicated in a succession of scandals.

Drug violence
It was also worsened by a surge in drug- and gang-related violence in Cape Town, and an economic slowdown that swelled the ranks of the unemployed nationally and left little room in the budget to retain and hire police officers.

The police service now has 191,000 members, 9,000 less than it did eight years ago, while the size of the population surged about 17 percent to an estimated 57.7 million over the period. The National Prosecuting Authority has also seen an exodus of senior staff, with more than 1,000 posts currently standing vacant.

Related: NPA needs R761m to fill over 1,000 vacancies

Police data, in fact, understates instances of robbery and other crimes since many go unreported because of scepticism that anything will be done about them. A survey of about 30,000 households released this month by the national statistics agency showed 54 percent of respondents were dissatisfied with the police, mainly because they didn’t respond quickly enough and didn’t recover stolen goods.


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Zuma quit in February under pressure from the ruling African National Congress and is due to appear in court next month on fraud and racketeering charges. He was replaced by his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa, who has pledged to bring crime under control. Police Minister Bheki Cele admitted last month that his officers had “dropped the ball” and said they were intent on rectifying the situation.

For Mrwetyana, the unemployed builder from Nyanga, that can’t happen soon enough.

“We shouldn’t have to live like this,” he said.

Read next: As rape crisis grows, South African pupils learn how to fight back

(Updates with former president to appear in court in first paragraph below chart.)

--With assistance from Rene Vollgraaff.

To contact the reporters on this story: Mike Cohen in Cape Town at mcohen21@bloomberg.net; Paul Vecchiatto in Cape Town at pvecchiatto@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Karl Maier at kmaier2@bloomberg.net, Karl Maier, Gordon Bell

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Reaction to judgement in the Coligny "sunflower trial"- Gabriel Crouse
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Sentencing in the case of the two North West men who were found guilty yesterday of murdering 16-year-old Matlhomola Mosweu has been postponed to late January next year. Sentencing proceedings in the North West high court sitting in Mahikeng - including arguments in mitigation and aggravation of sentence - will take place from January 28 to 31 2019. Phillip Schutte and Pieter Doorewaard were convicted yesterday of the murder of the teenager at Coligny in April last year. The two argued that the teenager had jumped off their bakkie on the way to the police station after they'd allegedly caught him stealing sunflowers on a farm. Judge Ronald Hendricks ruled in his judgment that they had pushed Mosweu off the bakkie and could have foreseen that this would cause fatal injuries.

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South Africa City To Begin Confiscating Land From Whites In National "Test Case"


by Tyler Durden
Sat, 10/20/2018 - 12:41


The debate about land redistribution in South Africa has been a passionate one, as many South African cities face a housing crunch that has left hundreds of thousands of people living in informal settlements. Just as this debate is starting to reach a fever pitch, one South African city, Ekurhuleni, is about to embark on what mayor Mzwandile Masina calls "a test case" for the nation: the government is going to seize hundreds of acres of land, from white citizens without paying for it, to build low-cost housing.

Last month, the city voted in favor of pushing forward with "expropriation without compensation". According to ABC News, this was cited by the African National Congress as a legal rule that is necessary in order to distribute land equitably and correct "historic injustices" that took place in the country.

The mayor of Ekurhuleni stated the same thing, saying that landowners in South Africa should not be scared. Mayor Masina told AP: "Our policy is not to take the land by force. Our policy is to make sure the land is shared amongst those that need it." It was unclear what those whom the land is taken from thought about this policy.

The total amount of land that’s going to be expropriated amounts to about 865 acres. The land is both private and government owned, and some of it has been vacant for decades. Masina, who heads the local ANC-led coalition, did not specify which landowners will be hit be the measure.

The internationally debated land reform was approved by South Africa’s ruling party to address the historic injustices of apartheid, and distribute land among the population more equitably. According to the country’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, over 77 percent of South African farms and agricultural holdings are owned by white citizens with only four percent of lands belonging to black South Africans. White citizens make up just nine percent of the country’s population, while black citizens account for 76 percent. This, to the ruling regime, is a green light to repossess land that has been owned by white citizens, in many cases for generations.


Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa said in July that the ANC had planned to amend the constitution in order to allow this expropriation despite the fact that many are concerned that it could destabilize the country and send the economy into a tailspin. To address this, the ANC has been working to reassure people that what they’re doing is legal and should not be worrisome. Quoted by ABC, Ramaphosa said that everyone should "relax" about this process and that "it would end up very well".

As reported previously, this land redistribution is being done to address people awaiting government assistance who are forced to live in "horrible" conditions. The city expects to be taken to court after it notifies private landowners that it is going to try and seize their land. This is apparently part of the plan, as the city seems to feel as though it could be victorious in court.


Mzwandile Masina/AP

Ben Cousins, research chair in poverty, land and agrarian studies at the University of Western Cape told ABC News: "You can't guarantee the outcome. The court may find you do have to pay some level of compensation. It could backfire quite badly."

And Masina is literally laying it all on the line with this decision; as a result of it, the opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, has tabled a motion of no confidence in the Mayor to be heard October 25. The case study of Ekurhuleni is supposed to figure out how such land redistribution could take hold in other areas, including urban areas, where demand for land is also intense.

Dikgang Uhuru Moiloa, head of the provincial department of Human Settlements, told ABC News: "We have to be very rational. We can't just chase people out of land, their livelihoods, and providing food for the nation. We can't do that. Those that use the land effectively definitely will have to be left to use the land effectively."

There are now more than 1.2 million South Africans that are waiting for government subsidized housing and the backlog continues to grow. More than 11,000 people live in settlements despite registering for government housing as early as the late 1990s. Meanwhile, an exodus of white landowners is quietly fleeing the country amid fears that in addition to having their land confiscated, they may soon be the victims of violence following repeated threats by Julius Malema, aka the Hitler of South Africa, telling white people that he "won't kill them... yet."

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