DA, AgriSA reject Ramaphosa's panel's findings on land expropriation

DA, AgriSA reject Ramaphosa's panel's findings on land expropriation

- AgriSA claims that food security will be compromised if the recommendations of the presidential advisory panel are implemented

- The agricultural industry association has joined other entities in denouncing the panel's findings on land reform in SA

- The panel had been appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to advise the state on the way forward for the land issue

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AgriSA is convinced that food security in South Africa will be compromised if the government carries out the recommendations of President Cyril Ramaphosa's advisory panel.

The agricultural industry association is extremely concerned about several aspects of the report, especially recommendations that the Constitution should be amended:

“AgriSA does not support any policy or legislation that infringes on property rights or any other fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution. If the recommendations contained in this report are implemented to the letter, food security for all South Africans will be compromised."

Dan Kriek, AgriSA president, was a member of the advisory panel and claims that there had been fundamental differences in opinions and approaches within the panel.

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Kriek, along with Nick Serfontein, who also served on the panel, have compiled an alternative report with a focus on private sector solutions:

“We are strongly of the view that land reform in farming areas will take a huge step forward with the establishment of an agricultural development agency where the private sector takes a leading role in driving and financing sustainable land reform."

Food security will be compromised if the recommendations contained in the report of the presidential advisory panel on land reform and agriculture are implemented to the letter, reports TimesLIVE.

Meanwhile AfriForum CEO Ernst Roets says that the lobby group will be gearing up in its campaign against expropriation without compensation at both local and global levels:

“The underlying message of the report is that black ownership is good and white ownership is bad. To support this assumption, a selective approach to history and the facts is followed."

The Democratic Alliance has rejected the outcomes of the panel, saying that it will be studying the report to table their alternative:

“Its suggestions are high risk, and at best promise low reward for those in need of meaningful land reform. If land reform is not approached correctly, the consequences will be disastrous.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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