- Former politician Roelf Meyer spoke about the land reform issue currently dominating headlines in South Africa
- According to Meyer, white farmers are much more open to discussion and chance than believed
- His comments were made during a two-panel discussion at the Nampo Harvest Day in Bothaville
Since the ANC announced its plans to expropriate land without compensation, it has been all everyone talks about.
And, unfortunately it created a lot of unnecessary tension between different races. However, former politician and businessman Roelf Meyer explained white farmers are not as closed minded about land reform as it is popularly believed.
News24 reported Meyer was part of a two-panel discussion at Nampo Harvest Day in Bothaville, where he explained white farmers were “willing to cooperate with land reform”.
Meyer said he noticed a “tremendous growth in the views of people in the agriculture industry over the past five years”.
Briefly.co.za learned Meyer explained he attended Nampo for the past five-years, and he noticed how previously off-limits topics were discussed openly amongst farmers.
The former politician said it shows there is a “willingness to participate in the conversation and to gain new insight”.
Meyer continued by explaining extremist, such as AfriForum who is currently on an expedition in America with the aim to discourage investors, were receiving too much coverage.
“The guys who think differently about the way forward are still here, and you read about them in the media, but they haven’t become part of the conversation. I think the sector’s leadership and the industry in general are making very constructive contributions to the political conversation at the moment.”, Meyer said.
Meyer then went on to condemn the remarks made by Moeletsi Mbeki, who suggested the ANC and EFF were using the land issues as a political weapon to attack white people.
According to Meyer, there is a lot of emotion involved in the land issues, which is something that should not be ignored.
“It goes much deeper than that. There are millions of South Africans that view land as a matter of identity and we have to acknowledge that and factor it into the solution.”, he added.
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