- The ANC has begun a 2 day meeting with farmers and activists to talk about the land reform plans
- He explained the ANC was not attempting to get whites to leave the country
- And assured them the land expropriation would be done in a responsible manner
- However, he did say the government would be dealing with ‘greedy’ white farmers
Land reform has been making news headlines since the ANC announced its land expropriation without compensation plan in December last year.
And, many could agree the subject has gotten out of hand. Now, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe called for the stop of certain comments on land redistribution, which he deemed dangerous.
Eyewitness News reported the South African government, farmers and activist were meeting in Illovo to discuss the land issue.
“The fears of those who sit on the land when you talk about expropriation without compensation, it’s not a policy to drive white people into sea. That is not the policy. It will never be the policy of the ANC, unless the ANC becomes something else.”, Mantashe said during the two-day meeting.
However, some Facebook users disagreed with Mantashe on the ANC policy, adding they were driving white people out of the country.
But, he did touch the subject of white farmers, saying the ‘greedy’ ones would be dealt with first in the land expropriation process.
According to the minister, some white farmers were buying off land as it becomes available, labelling them as “greedy”.
“When a person is greedy and takes every piece of land for himself, that person should be the first for expropriation because he doesn’t need land.”, he was quoted saying.
Mantashe continued by saying there is more than enough land for all South Africans, reassuring that expropriation would be done in a responsible manner.
He then took to Twitter to address the matter further, echoing Ramaphosa that land reforms should not hurt agriculture production and food security.
However, he disapproved of the violence that is becoming part of the land reform process.
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