Monday, April 30, 2018

Marrying The Ghost of White Privilege

Marrying The Ghost of White Privilege
Well, at least Musi Maimane has his Black Privilege intact. He is married to a White woman, is president of a "predominantly White" political party, resides in a White suburb and speaks English (a White man's property).

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Yet 'we must fight and destroy this evil, evasive Ghost of White Privilege because it is the primary cause of Poverty, Unemployment, Crime, Looting and the general Despair that has infected all South Africans since 1994'.
'It is also due to White Privilege that millions of Africans leave their "Independent" countries, where they are killed and kept poor but their own Black government'. Despite these countries no longer having White people around, since the darker days of their (country’s) Independence. As we saw in Zimbabwe.
O! The Marvellous Beauty of Black Rule in Africa! Blacks get power and become more Oppressive than the Whites they relentlessly brand as Racists, Colonialists Oppressors.
It is always those who speak the most fluent English who hate Whites, Coloureds and Indians the most. Yet their entire beings are measured, designed and sustained by "Whiteness" and "White" money.
Maybe Musi should chase his own wife back to Europe, as well as renounce his DA presidency because he was and is still supported by White people. His entire salary is paid for by Whites.
He must also stop wearing shiny suits designed in Europe by Whites, relinquish his degrees (since they were handed to him by Whites), and start wearing animal skin - The Black Thing To Do In Africa!
Finally, he must also get the Land and plough the fields in Soweto with his degrees. Since that's the dream job for most educated Blacks - owning farmland.
If Blacks have been in power for 24 years and yet, White Privilege is the main impediment to their progress, then - What have we been doing all these years in Power?
Oh yeah! NOTHING! Besides Looting and Impoverishing Blacks.
Shut your big mouth and lead our Country forward - you weak, fragile loudmouth pretending to be strong. We see through you!
You are just another weak Black manchild with deep identity issues like your heroe Barack Obama or your homeboy Trevor Noah.
While maintaining yourself as yet another Race Pimp, pimping racism and race identity politics to sound "real" to your already useless, clueless, shallow and dismally delusional "Black Caucus".
Hence one day you are pro what is Good (when Black Twitter is not slaughtering you) and at times you prove to be just as bad (if not flacid) as UGLI-JAM (USED GREASY LOLLIPOP HEAD-JULIUS MALEMA) and his blesser, Syrupy Cyril.
You have proven to be utterly useless at bringing our Nation together (which was your most formidable obligation, over and above your ambitions to be another Obama. Hence no one really knows you, or where you really stand. Unless you are echoing someone elses opinion, whom you persobally regard as more powerful or will maximise your base. But a base that is based on a baseless leader is bound to be a permanently baseless base!).
I just wish strong Black leaders like Herman Mashaba could rise and usurp you. You are just another Dingane, pretending to be a Shaka!
Blessings!
© 2018 Dumisa Mbuwa
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Saturday, April 28, 2018

IS SOUTH AFRICA'S YOUTH FIT TO GEAR THE WHEELS OF CHANGE?

IS SOUTH AFRICA'S YOUT FIT TO GEAR THE WHEELS OF CHANGE?

Dumisa Mbuwa asks the question and ellaborate.
It is no longer a myth that the progress of South Africa`s youth was never at the forefront of our democracy in 1994. Nor was our youth, genuinely regarded as an instrumental part of the struggle against apartheid.


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This reality is becoming evident by the day, despite the several reactional advances by the ANC government to make up for missed opportunities to qualitatively develop the youth of South Africa with the same historical vigour we used when conquering Apartheid.
Thus, as we celebrate Freedom Day, we ought to ask ourselves: has this grand democracy, which was greatly suffered and unimaginably sacrificed for, served our nation's best interests? Or has it merely elevated only those who rightly brought about its realisation by putting them in the government at our expense?
For some time now, there has been a sustained debate around the issue of land expropriation without compensation; how its delay in implementation (full nationalisation) has been regarded as the core impediment for real growth and development our country has needed for 24 years.
This view has been hammered into our minds everyday by embattled politicians that we end up being convinced that it is shared by all South Africans; especially black.
This is despite the fact that it has been proven several times that it is only a very marginal fraction of South Africans who believe that more land reform will indeed bring about the prosperity the country needs.
Comprehensive opinion polls commissioned by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) have repeatedly shown that most black South Africans have little interest in land reform. Their 2016 field survey indicated that only 1% of black respondents (down from 2% the previous year) indicated 'more land reform' as the 'best way to improve lives'.
By contrast, an overwhelming 73% of black people saw 'more jobs and better education' as the 'best way' for them to get ahead.
Conversely, the IRR`s 2017 field survey showed that only 1% of black respondents identified 'speeding up land reform' as a top priority for the government. Even among people who lost land under apartheid laws, and were later compensated, most opted for cash compensation than having actual land restored to them.
Of the roughly 76 000 successful claims in post-apartheid South Africa’s land restitution process which begun in 1994, only about 5 800 chose to have land returned to them. The remaining 92% preferred cash compensation.
Similar results were found from a September 2017 opinion survey by eNCA, carried out among some 5 000 people, including roughly 2 700 self-declared ANC voters. Even here, most South Africans wanted "more pro-business policies", over "more radical policies/redistribution".
This is against the backdrop of the Government`s Land Survey, which has been used both by the ANC and the EFF to advance the misleading notion that SA blacks own less than 2% of rural land; and less than 7% of urban land. While whites own over 72% of farm land.
These claims form the basis of the impending onslaught of property rights, that are currently protected by our country`s Constitution. The same property rights black people were deprived from having by the apartheid government.
It is for this reason, that in response, the IRR published a study early this year, where they have shown and proven that Black South Africans actually own more land than Whites and that the government is the biggest owner of land in the country (46%).
For example, of the 3.2m ha of the urban land owned by 6.2 million individual South Africans, 3.2 million (56%) is owned by Black South Africans. While 1.55 (26%) is White and the rest is divided between Coloured’s (507 829), Indians (414 069) and Others.
Even when you look at the individually owned farmland by whites (the focus of the ANC/EFF`s claims); you will find that a substantial majority of this white-owned land is located in arid or semi-arid areas of the country. 43,1% is located in the Northern Cape alone, 11,3% in the Eastern Cape (most of it in the drier western parts of the province), 10,14% of it in the Western Cape, and 14,1% in the Free State.
The huge overlays that exist between such land and the arid or semi-arid areas in the western part of the country make this land unsuitable for cultivation in the absence of irrigation.
This is in addition to 13,1 million hectares (6,6% of the extent of SA) of agricultural land has been acquired and transferred by the government since 1994 through its land redistribution programme.
Little of this land would be individually owned today as most land claims and redistribution projects had multiple beneficiaries, and furthermore, since 2009, the government has held back from granting title to the beneficiaries of the land redistribution programme. In addition, government has made no effort to ensure those living on their ancestral land in former homeland areas acquire individual title to their land.
Now that we have established how faulty the Land debate is, especially since it is deeply predicated on lies and abysmal political propagandas, instead of viable solutions for taking our country forward, what can help take us forward?
Qualitative education and jobs!
You don`t have to be a social scientist to arrive at the realisation that South Africans need more of these than land. This observation is crystallised by the fact that between 2011 - 2016, over a million South Africans (mostly young) have migrated from "worse-off" provinces such as the Eastern Cape, to "better performing provinces" such as Cape Town and Johannesburg; looking qualitative education and jobs (not land).
Credit must be given to those young people, who in response to poverty and massive unemployment start initiatives that are primarily aimed at tackling these stubborn problems. Particularly aspiring entrepreneurs, who find and establish opportunities where they have been considered to have long expired.
Yet, these individuals are but a very small drop in the ocean of insecurity that affects close to 60% of unemployed young South Africans, almost like unemployed university graduates, who make up 170 000 of the 3.5 million unemployed youth.
What our country needs is comprehensive investment into rigorous and real-income job generating sectors such as manufacturing; where our young people can be able to create what the world consumes. Just as with China, where they make the dashiki`s, doeks, cellphones, tablets, stoves, microwaves and even electric bulbs; that we in turn spend billions of rands in consuming, instead of creating.
While there is a great deal of importance placed on higher university education, (particularly for black students) by the ANC government via "free" university education, internships for graduates. It must always be borne in mind that these endeavours are very meager in comparison to grade 4's who cannot read to understand, many learners still progress into higher grades because teachers are unable to cater to the individual needs of learners due to the size of their classrooms.
These learners eventually dropout mid-high school or fail grade 12.
Of what value is it to spend billions in squeezing learners into universities, when only 20% of them complete their undergraduate programs on time and the rest struggle mainly because of the higher reading levels required at university and the lack of funds to obtain the support and resources to succeed?
Is it not obvious then that we are putting too much emphasis on what uplifts only a few (university education), when the millions of young South Africans could be better off at (currently under-funded) TVET colleges; where they can be trained and placed into employment programs as technicians, electricians, carpenters, plumbers, manufacturers, and many other skills that are needed to rebuild our economy. Government jobs cannot be the fallback, which is currently where most South Africans work.
The simple truth is that not all young people can be doctors, entrepreneurs, lawyers, inventors, scientists, filmmakers or even record producers.
To deny them focus on other avenues which could amplify their talents and serve our country with their output, is to deny the very thing that needs their hands to be sustained - Freedom!
Let us Rise!
Our Future is no longer in the colours of our respective flags and races.
It is on a common need to build a socio-economically free South Africa, where all can live in complete harmony and relish every fruit of her prosperity.
© 2018 Dumisa Mbuwa
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Friday, March 23, 2018

Ramaphosa and the EFF's dodgy land stats

Ramaphosa and the EFF's dodgy land stats.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

THE USELESSNESS OF POST - 94 SOUTH AFRICAN EDUCATION.

#WILLDERNESSPIECE. VI

THE USELESSNESS OF POST - 94 SOUTH AFRICAN EDUCATION. ESPECIALLY FOR BLACKS.

Image may contain: one or more people, sky, house, outdoor and natureThere is an illusion that is embedded in the minds of many [black] South Africans who do not know any better. That, without the ANC, we would still be stuck with the unshakeable, rusty chains of Bantu Education.

Bantu Education, which, as we know, was designed to give blacks an education that was of inferior quality to that of their white counterparts.

Yet, as evil and racist this Bantu Education [together with Missionary schooling] was; it managed to yield a very successful black middle class that consisted of formidable doctors, lawyers, judges, business owners, academics, writers, musicians, teachers, nurses, and clerks.

This success was so apparent that in the 1980’s [The proportion of black students progressing at universities was higher in the 1980s than it was in 2017]; we had the highest number of black university graduates who not only managed to get jobs after graduating.

They also managed to secure prestigious scholarships in Western [overseas] universities to advance not only their education, but also their careers.

[Today, black university students are barely finishing university; mostly due to difficulties with comprehending university material, English, finances and general socio-economic disparities which impair many on campuses].

It was this era of [Pre-94] education that produced the likes of Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Steve Biko, Patrice Mostepe, Cyril Ramaphosa and Thabo Mbeki.

Then the miracle of 1994 finally arrives. The ANC enters government and institutes education policies that not only pretended to advance black people. But indeed crippled them every step of the way, with the sole intent of producing a sterile populace that is totally incapable of doing anything other than to consume social welfare, debt, and government failure.

With a youth unemployment rate that is gradually reaching 60%, one would expect that the road to Bulawayo was not as easy and delightfully pursued [by the ANC through its ill-fated policies].

A 2017 study revealed that over 70% of Grade 4
learners cannot read. In 10 years, they will be eligible voters whose sole understanding of good governance will be measured by being broke, illiterate and unemployed.

Especially when about 70% of South African youth [20 million people] are more likely to be victims and perpetrators of assault, robbery and property theft than adults [35 years and above].

With no plan or budget; criminal mastermind – President Jacob Zuma – announced that university education shall be free for poor and working class students. Other than the announcement being absolutely unfeasible, since we are so broke, thanks to him and his Gupta Colonial masters.

There are no jobs in South Africa, even for graduates.

With over 3.5 million unemployed youth, only 170 000 of them are graduates. At this rate, we are hastily entering the stage where a South African university degree, just like the Zimbabwean Dollar, will be a worthless piece of paper, glittered with vain and pompous proclamations.

It will not even be able to buy you a single grain of dirty white rice. Much less get you a job as a janitor at a local city library; because you will be competing with PHD graduates waiting in line for the same job.

Almost like the recently released fantasy by Basic Minister of Education, Angie Motsheka, that the 2017 Matric pass rate is 75.1%. When in fact it is a mere 37%.

In 2015, over 40% of Grade 10 learners either failed or were derailed as South African trains tend to do nowadays. While over 47% of [enrolled] Matriculants dropped out before writing their 2017 final exams. Thus, the number produced by the Department is erroneously not reflective of this depressing reality.

Regardless of what discredited race-gluttons [whose primary purpose in life is to chase the very evasive ghosts of White Privilege, Decolonisation, Land-grabbing and White Monopoly Capital] say. The ANC, via its unfailing black majority vote, not only fatefully failed [mostly poor, uneducated and illiterate] black people.

It also failed to use education as a tool to create a [black] educated class that is effectively able to create product, [national] wealth and jobs. Instead of being educated butlers with good English.

The so-called black business class we have today is mostly made-up of parochial, shortsighted, floral shirts and shiny suit-wearing, street-hustle contractors who get huge tenders from the ANC government just to distribute free sanitary towels to rural schools.

Or to build futile RDP houses that have to be rebuilt twice before being open for owners to live in them.

If not, then through political connections and narrow BEE privileges, they sit as executive shareholders on boards for white-owned companies. Just like Cyril Ramaphosa did with his Shanduka Group and their stake in the [now declining] platinum mining giant, Lonmin.

Perhaps, only after we have successfully destroyed all that is left to sustain South Africa, like Mugabe did with his suicidal socialist [and racist] policies. Will we realise that in order to rebuild a truly prosperous South Africa, we will need to reverse everything the ANC has done, particularly with education.

We will also need to begin by yielding a focus on producing more artisans, mechanics, technicians, plumbers, manufacturers and engineers. These skills do not require expensive university education, but [currently underfunded] Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

With an additional socio-economic focus that is anchored on investment in manufacturing, and free-market based capitalism.

This is how countries like Germany, Japan, Singapore and even China continue to make everything the world [including South Africa] consumes. From cars, home appliances, clothing, computers, smart phones and even African dashikis!

Not everyone has as a glorified Life Orientation [Sociology or Social Justice] degree in China or South Korea. They can show you how to make a shoe or produce a brand new car battery.

This is the direction South Africa desperately needs.

Yet, as long as we are led by the ANC, we will never see prosperity. What else can we expect from a useless, failing ANC-driven Post-1994 South African Education?

© 2018 Dumisa Mbuwa
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Black Advancement - A couple of points to consider

'Black Advancement Hinges on White Handouts?’
Mr. Zamani Xaba, this opinion piece is a reply to your statement that white 'racist attitudes' towards blacks are what have largely resulted in a floundering black African society that has lost its way.
You seem to be implying that people who are reluctant to give up their land, jobs or property are racist? This is unreasonable. Please don't fall into that trap. Just because they are trying to preserve their standard of living & property, does not make them racist, even if you feel they 'had it easy' under apartheid.

What is very misguided is our people believing that 'taking' what the minorities have will correct the imbalances long term.
A couple of points to consider:
1) The whites and other minorities are taking their assets overseas at an unprecedented rate, along with their support structure of investors...time is pretty much gone to 'take' their majority assets, and even then there is not enough to sustain our people.
2) Why do we want their assets anyway - it is only a temporary thing. Our clear objective should be for acquiring knowledge & education - something we can build into our society, and perpetuate. This will truly help us sustain and grow long term. Remember, there is no colour to knowledge, so why do we seem reluctant to acquire it unless we are somehow prejudice?
3) Why are we not putting more focus on increasing levels of education for mission critical career sectors? We need a revamped educational program that creates a well balanced society of not only academics, but engineers, scientists, data entry clerks, artisans, technicians, construction workers etc This will contribute directly to our knowledge base, and build our qualifications as a workforce with breadth & depth, and a technology leader. Where is the construction of our own robust institutions - we are doing some of this, but the vacuum the ANC has created in institutional-support for Our People is horrifyingly absent. Of course the ANC are an institution themselves, serving ONLY themselves at the expense of the millions of disadvantaged people. And they do this without losing any sleep, while expectant mothers die daily in disgusting hospitals, and the quality of our care for the aged is bordering on a crime on humanity. And you are worried about white attitudes? How is this going to help our hospitals?
Where is the plan for the re-emergence of South Africa as a center of inspired innovation? The ANC would rather focus on creating racial issues than tackling real challenges like this.
Taking land, or taking jobs, or taking taxes from a diminishing minority is short-sighted, and destined for failure.
It's funny when you look at the excessive wealth of the black elite, and how we DO NOT focus on taking their fair share of the taxes to help rebuild our country. We let them get away with hoarding millions of rands of ill-gotten wealth.
Also VERY SAD is how the black elite revel at deepening the class divide. They PLAN to keep the impoverished uneducated, and in debt, and prolong their pain so that they can keep capitalizing on it, all whilst they divert the resentment towards minorities & foreign entities.
Can the minorities help us more than they currently are? Of course. But many of them are simply trying to figure out how to get out of this country, or at least how to get their children out. They essentially are focusing on survival for themselves, and creating an exit plan for their next generations. The People who want to stay (like farmers) - we turn a blind eye to the farm murders, hoping the problem just goes away. The unfettered crime rates that are skyrocketing, that the ANC just 'shrugs off'. What label would you place on these complacent attitudes?
We seem obsessed with 'them' and 'others', while ignoring the building blocks necessary to ensure our productive futures are guaranteed, and not spent in refugee camps.
Is leveraging wealth from these fleeing minorities key to our long term advancement as a majority country? Of course not!
The fifty million (and growing) Africans in South Africa must dig out of this hole ourselves, in our own way, if we are to be a successful, self-sustaining and a healthy nation long into the future.
Let's insist that our leaders show us a specific plan on how this will be accomplished. If our leaders can't articulate this, we must find leaders who can.
Menzi Solomon Shange
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Monday, March 5, 2018

Farm attacks – an evil within

Farm attacks – an evil within
Nov 02, 2017
Image may contain: one or more people, night and outdoorClaims of kingpins in charge of well-planned crime operations with connections in government, highly trained hit squads using children to secure intelligence in farm attacks, occasional acts of intimidation to force land owners off their property and inhuman physical trauma inflicted on victims of such heinous crimes speak of the evil that characterises incidents committed against inhabitants of some of the remotest locations in South Africa.
Limpopo is no exception and when embarking on research into farm attacks University of Limpopo (UL) research assistant Cristopher Gumbi couldn’t possibly have been prepared for unearthing the sorrow bottled up in recollections of physical trauma shared by victims of such crimes. Shedding tears with survivors as they revisited the horrors of the past, he got a glimpse of a form of crime that threatens food security and, in turn, the economy of the country.
His findings were consolidated in a 117-page thesis for a Master of Arts degree from the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UL, which he obtained in September this year. Gumbi’s investigation of the motivational factors for farm attacks and its consequential injurious phenomena looks into such crimes committed in parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga between 2005 and 2015, bringing him into contact with 23 individuals and groupings who have all been survivors.
Before getting started with the interview Gumbi pointed at his predominantly monotone outfit in solidarity with scores of South Africans commemorating Black Monday, the countrywide action commemorating lives lost in farm attacks and survivors thereof.
From the study the reader gets varying perspectives of the situation as Gumbi delves into a decade of attacks through conversations with survivors from both genders, who varied in age from 38 to 88 years.
Harrowing accounts made him question, among others, the need for inflicting physical trauma upon victims during the orchestration of attacks, he remarked during the interview. “The violent nature of attacks is amply demonstrated by such actions as beatings, tying victims down with cable ties, threats of burning victims with hot water or poisoning them and shooting at first sight,” he notes in his study.
Without exception all respondents stated that attacks which occurred on their farms were well-planned, mentions Gumbi. “There is a clear indication that attackers conduct thorough surveillance of their target and surroundings before they pounce. This shows the high amount of intelligence and patience they put in, in making sure their plan succeeds.” He quotes a victim who stated that the assailants were picked-up by a vehicle after the attack. “This confirms the idea of a hit squad and a getaway car as a form of organised attack,” he states.
He further writes that all of the surviving victims mentioned that the attacks against them were linked to a crime syndicate, with the chief aim of robbing farmers of their money, valuables and weapons in order to fund their operations. In one instance he quotes a victim saying “One of the attackers informed my son that he is part of a crime syndicate and that they cannot remain in custody… These cell groups have kingpins in every town who use kids for stealing because the kids cannot be prosecuted… This is a well-planned operation involving Police, public prosecutors, judges, magistrates to high ranking officials of the government…”
Attackers with military training
Some of the victims maintained the belief that their attackers were a mix of South African and Zimbabwean with military training, according to the information contained in the study. In one incident a victim recalled that the attackers collected all spent cartridges on the scene. In another attack the assailants allegedly ran more than 4 km while carrying rifles to their getaway vehicle and changed clothes in order for them not to be recognised. Gumbi reaches the conclusion that an attack on a farmstead from four sides during one such incident, which resulted in the farmer being shot in the head, indicated a form of formal training on the part of the assailants.
In 47% of the cases money and jewellery were not targeted while 65% of the respondents stated that their attackers were not very interested in other items but their weapons. What the researcher had established though, was that attackers always knew the arrangement of the targeted farmsteads, where the safes were and the weapons kept. It led to the inference that the attacks should have been orchestrated with the help of insiders, who allegedly included teens living on farms.
Attacks believed to be form of intimidation
According to Gumbi’s research 78% of the respondents who reported farm attacks related a form of intimidation, aimed at driving farmers off their land. A female victim informed him that she had believed the attack on her farm was a form of intimidation, because the attackers never stole anything but just started firing through the windows of the house without prior warning. “More than 60 shots were fired. My husband shot back with a .38 revolver. He (name withheld) tossed (the) phone to me to call for help. They shot him (name withheld) in the head. They never came inside. The attackers shouted that they will kill all…”
A farmer who reported that he was attacked by twelve men informed the researcher that one drew a gun and started shooting. “When asked what their primary objective of attacking the farm was, they responded that it was not about cattle, money, guns or jewellery, but about taking control of the farm.”
Thirty-nine per cent of the respondents stated that they knew the attackers. A respondent who was attacked twice, in 2007 and 2014, said his wife knew one of the attackers because she recognised his voice during the initial attack.
Gumbi quoted survivors who were asked whether farms with poor security were singled out for attacks as saying “Poor security is not a contributing factor; it is all about brutal revenge and financial purposes” and “I don’t think poor security is the point here. These attacks are orchestrated by some leader somewhere who wants to drive farmers off their land.”
Gumbi further remarks that farmers do not feel that they are receiving the necessary service delivery from the South African Police Service. From the responses it is clear that the Police are not doing enough to assist the farmers during and after an attack, he writes. “Negligence and dereliction of duties are evident from the responses of respondents. Serious allegations concerning negligence with firearms raise concerns.”
Farm attacks need to be addressed holistically hence, the researcher concedes, more role players such as all government departments and non-profit organisations need to play a more active role in improving security on farms to protect food security.
Gumbi points out that unless security on farms is made a national priority, farm attacks will continue to increase. He recommends that it gets prioritised and discussed as part of South Africa’s national agenda, particularly in Parliament. He also recommends that racial stereotypes in farming urgently get addressed. “The South African justice system needs to recognise farm attacks as a criminal charge of its own with a strict mandatory minimum sentence applied; this will serve as a form of deterrence to attackers.”
Gumbi expresses great concern over farm attacks in South Africa not being given the necessary attention by the government, considering the effects such crimes have on the economy and the well-being of victims, families and communities.
According to him South Africa has the responsibility to view farm attacks as a violation of human rights and a threat to the country’s economy and food security. “The rural farming community contributes substantially to the growth and development of the South African economy.”

Land expropriation is anti-black

Sihle Ngobese
Much to my disappointment, the South African Parliament passed a motion by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to endorse the expropriation of land without compensation.
Essentially, all political parties, except for the Democratic Alliance (DA) and one or two smaller others, voted in favour of a policy that gives government the power to seize land and property rights from individuals and families.

The argument put forward by the supporters of this policy is, of course, centred on the historical dispossession of many black South Africans of their property rights and land; first under colonial rule, then through racist apartheid legislation.
Let me be clear from the outset: the act of redressing this legacy by implementing a rational and legal process of land restitution is wholly justified. Indeed, I am in full support of a rational and moral process, founded on the rule-of-law and due process, for assessing valid land claims.
If the claim is proven to be valid through an evidence-driven process, then the beneficiary must have the option of reclaiming the land or accepting financial compensation for their loss. In the same breath, the individual set to give back the land should also be compensated for their loss, provided they didn't use any measure of force to illegally claim that land.
Ultimately, it was the State, whether through the guise of colonialism or apartheid that was responsible for the dispossession of citizens in the first place. It is that same State today (albeit governed by a democratically elected party) which must act to redress its past mistakes and actions.
My approach is a just and sound policy, as where all parties find mediation and resolution.
This is why I cannot bring myself to agree with the EFF approach of land expropriation, which disturbingly calls for complete state ownership of all land.
Julius Malema is a forked-tongue politician. At Parliament's podium and at his public rallies he shouts that the land "must be returned to our people". He does not, however, tell the public, and specifically the black people he claims to trade for, that his approach entails dispossessing them too of whatever meagre property they have.
On this matter the record of history is absolutely crystal clear: the State owning something on behalf of the people does not translate to the people owning or enjoying the utility of that good.
It is this intellectual dishonesty and effort to undermine the intent and spirit of section 25 of the Constitution which makes the EFF very dangerous. While Malema talks of targeting "white land thieves" to "benefit landless blacks", in reality the EFF is giving government the power to steal property from families, rich and poor.
I've yet to get an answer from Malema and his acolytes on how it is "pro-black" to demand that blacks become landless and permanent renters of land from the State, as is proposed in Point 2 of the EFF Land Policy.
It would seem that land expropriation without compensation and the State owning all land is a crude attempt by socialists to take away land from everybody, including black people. This policy is nothing short of theft and is the stuff of the economically illiterate.
A government owning land on behalf of blacks (or any citizen really), as is EFF policy, is immoral and patronising. It is anti-black and anti-poor!
Sadly, we've seen this show before on the continent, from Julius Nyerere's disastrous Ujamaa policy in the 1960s, to Idi Amin's expropriation without compensation of mostly Indian merchants land and businesses in 1972, to the collapse of our Zimbabwean neighbours after the wave of land grabs unleashed by Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF in the early 2000s.
Land Expropriation without compensation and the socialism which underpins it has been the killer of African aspirations for prosperity and development.
Most depressingly, and what the politicians don't tell you, is that these measures kill the aspirations of black families looking to OWN land and have property rights, just as the colonialist and apartheid systems did.
There is nothing to celebrate here. Troubled times lay ahead for us South Africans, as our liberty is at stake. For far too long South Africans of all races have had to give up one freedom and liberty after another, at the hands of statist and socialist politicians.
Government should be a tool for empowering families and communities and enhancing their liberty, not making them dependents. I don't see how taking our land without compensation and making us renters of the land of our birth is pro-South Africa, do you?
- Ngobese is spokesperson for the Western Cape department of social development. He writes in his personal capacity. Follow him on Twitter: @BigDaddyLiberty
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