Early in March, the South African government passed a bill by an overwhelming majority of 241 votes to 83 votes against. The proposal was to amend Section 25 of the constitution would allow expropriation of land without any financial recompense.
South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, said he would speed up the transfer of land from white to black owners after his inauguration.
However, white farmers who feel as if their constitutional rights are being infringed on are now on the offensive. UK television channel ITV showed a provocative documentary yesterday evening reporting on the current plight of the white farmers in South Africa who are facing land expropriation, a falling currency and rising crime rates.
A Ms Tanya Wagener who was interviewed for the documentary told film makers “When you leave home, you can feel the animosity. If you walk down the street, it feels like your skin colour depicts who you are and not your soul.”
“I’m at this point because I now have a little girl who is two-years-old. Me and my husband are left with two choices: We either stay here or emigrate. They are the only two choices we have.”
When the documentary maker asked Ms Wagener if she felt like it is a case of “kill or be killed” in South Africa right now, she replied with a comprehensive “yes”.
According to reports from ABC Australia ‘every night, local farmers go on patrol around Bela Bela in South Africa’s Limpopo province. Armed and wearing bulletproof vests, they cover more than 160 square kilometres’.
Even after apartheid it seems as the divide between white and black people in South Africa has not been bridged and the future looks dim for the country which is now a major world player as it is now part of the BRICS countries. On hand the native Africans in the country want to see land redistributed in order address the inequalities. It is hard to argue with this sentiment, it is almost impossible for white South Africans to claim land as their own, one could compare this with the thousands of African relics that sit in museums in the UK and US. Africa belongs to Africans.