- Briefly.co.za took to Facebook to hear South Africans' thoughts regarding the compensation of white Zimbabwean farmers for their expropriated farms
- There were many opinions on the topic
- The comments were divided, with some either saying the farmers did not deserve to be paid and others worrying that South Africa could go down the same path
Briefly.co.za recently shared a story about the Zimbabwean government's decision to pay compensation to white farmers who had their land taken away during Robert Mugabe's land reforms.
There were many responses to the post on social media.
There were strong opinions on various sides of the issue and, as always, Mzansi had a lot to say.
Some approached the issue from a rational perspective and suggested ways that the compensation scheme could be beneficial to the farmers and to the country.
One Facebook user, Jabu Zima, wrote, "The best deal would be to lease the farms back to the white farmers, provide a package to stimulate farming and education for Zimbabweans."
Others, however, were against the paying out compensation to these white farmers. They pointed out that many ordinary Zimbabweans were struggling to survive and the government was not helping them.
"There is money, while people of Zimbabwe are suffering. Politicians are a rotten lot," wrote another user, Mastorey Dingake.
Additionally, others said that the white farmers did not deserve to be compensated, alleging that their ancestors had illegally taken their farms to begin with.
"How can a thief be compensated?" wrote one person on Facebook, to a flurry of comments both argeeing and disagreeing with him.
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Others saw Zimbabwe's experience with land reform as a cautionary tale for South Africa.
"And now the ANC wants to expropriate land," one person commented. " 20 years behind and have learnt nothing at all."
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