(THIS IS WHY THEY WANT OUR GUNS AMERICA) – White Farmers Flee South Africa In Fear of Land Grab

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Crosses are planted on a hillside at the White Cross Monument, each one marking a white farmer who has been killed in a farm murder, on October 31, 2017 in Ysterberg, near Langebaan, South Africa.

White farmers in South Africa are planning to emigrate after the government announced plans to take their land without compensation.

This month, MPs from the ruling African National Congress backed a motion calling for white-owned land to be seized, prompting farming unions to warn of a repeat of the land grabs in Zimbabwe, after which agricultural production collapsed.

President Ramaphosa has insisted he will not make the same mistakes as Zimbabwe but farmers are deeply uncertain of their future, prompting the younger generation to either emigrate or leave family farms for jobs in cities.

One specialist at a Johannesburg company arranging emigration to Australia said there had been a surge in inquiries. “We’ve had a huge number of calls,” he said. “No one quite understands what is happening with land reform but it’s the uncertainty that makes them finally decide to go.”

Emigration by white South Africans has been increasing for several years because of racially-charged government rhetoric and erratic governance that has wiped millions off pensions and savings. Official statistics show that the white population declined from 4.52 million in 2016 to 4.49 million in 2017. Most of those emigrating were aged between 25 and 29 and their most popular destinations were Australia, the UK and the US. At least 112,000 are expected to emigrate in the next five years.

President Ramaphosa, left, shown with President Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe, is expected to be more astute with reformsAARON UFUMELI/EPA

White farmers in South Africa are planning to emigrate after the government announced plans to take their land without compensation.

This month, MPs from the ruling African National Congress backed a motion calling for white-owned land to be seized, prompting farming unions to warn of a repeat of the land grabs in Zimbabwe, after which agricultural production collapsed.

President Ramaphosa has insisted he will not make the same mistakes as Zimbabwe but farmers are deeply uncertain of their future, prompting the younger generation to either emigrate or leave family farms for jobs in cities.

One specialist at a Johannesburg company arranging emigration to Australia said there had been a surge in inquiries. “We’ve had a huge number of calls,” he said. “No one quite understands what is happening with land reform but it’s the uncertainty that makes them finally decide to go.”

Emigration by white South Africans has been increasing for several years because of racially-charged government rhetoric and erratic governance that has wiped millions off pensions and savings. Official statistics show that the white population declined from 4.52 million in 2016 to 4.49 million in 2017. Most of those emigrating were aged between 25 and 29 and their most popular destinations were Australia, the UK and the US. At least 112,000 are expected to emigrate in the next five years.

One farmer considering leaving his property in KwaZulu-Natal said he had been robbed twice and was facing a claim on his land by a local businessman. “We don’t want to go but there’s no point investing if we don’t know if we’ll be here in two years,” he said.

Others, however, are hoping Mr Ramaphosa, a cattle farmer and multimillionaire businessman, will be able to appease the more radical elements of his party and find a compromise where his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, would not have done. Colin, 57, a dairy farmer in the Eastern Cape, said: “No one knows who might be targeted and the government doesn’t seem to know either. I feel that Ramaphosa is a farmer and more astute. If Zuma had announced this reform we would be packing our bags.”

With elections due next year, opposition parties have been making their own pronouncements. Julius Malema, leader of the radical Economic Freedom Fighters, said that his party would seek to “cut the throat of whiteness”.

Last week Australia’s home affairs minister announced plans to consider white South African farmers a persecuted minority for refugee or humanitarian immigration status. South Africa demanded an official apology and the foreign minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, said Australia was stoking racial tension.

Few disagree that reform is overdue in South Africa, where white citizens own 72 per cent of private land and 6 per cent of landowners hold 96 per cent of farmland.

Theo de Jager, a South African farmer and president of the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions, said that fewer of the older generation were ready to emigrate. “They know the trigger has been pulled but think the bullet has not yet entered the chamber,” he said. “There’s still an opportunity to influence the process and come up with alternatives.”

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