Expert warns against land expropriation as ANC keeps list of farms marked for expropriation secret

Expert warns against land expropriation as ANC keeps list of farms marked for expropriation secret

- Land expropriation is set to start in South Africa but the names of targeted farms are kept confidential

- A bid by Afrikaner lobby group Sakeliga seems to have failed to deliver any information on the names of the 139 farms

- Venezuelan professor Sary Levy-Carciente warns land expropriation could throw South Africa into a state of poverty

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Mashile Mokono, head of rural development and land reform ministry says the list of 139 farms to be expropriated cannot be made public.

Mokono stated that the process will be dealt with privately and confidentially.

The Citizen reports that Armand Greyling of the Afrikaner lobby group Sakeliga (formerly AfriBusiness) says the group has served an application requesting the department to reveal the names of the farms.

However, Mokono informed them the names won't be likely revealed until the owners of the land have been informed.

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Greyling stated Sakeliga would like to inform and assist the land owners in the process of land expropriation.

In the meantime, a Venezuelan professor at Venezuela’s National Academy of Economic Sciences warned South Africa that land expropriation is a terrible idea.

Professor Sary Levy-Carciente visited South Africa to launch the annual International Property Rights Index, which measures property rights in terms of the ability to buy property or land in various countries.

According to a report by TimesLIVE, South Africa has already dropped 10 places on this index since 2017- the most a country has ever dropped.

Levy-Carciente warns that land expropriation could lead to poverty and starvation, as has happened in Venezuela.

When the Venezuelan government started expropriating property, the country fell into an economic and financial disaster. She warns that the same could happen in South Africa.

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