Don't allow land grabs, Agri SA urges
Johannesburg - Government should not allow
land reform to be undermined by statements encouraging the unlawful occupation
of land, Agri SA said on Friday.
"There has been an increase in
inflammatory statements aimed at unlawful occupation of land and it seems the
ANC leadership has adopted a wait-and-see approach," Agri SA president Johannes
"Agri SA negotiates in good faith with
the government on matters contained in the green paper on land reform and
therefore expects the government not to allow this orderly process to be
undermined by irresponsible statements issued specifically also by the ANC
On Thursday, AfriForum laid a criminal charge
against ANCYL leader Julius Malema for reportedly encouraging people to take
land without permission.
The organisation said its action was prompted
by a report in Beeld newspaper that quoted Malema as saying: "If they
don't want to give the land over to us, we must take it without their
Muller said Agri SA had compiled a document
on how its members should deal with unlawful occupation of land.
"Agricultural producers must familiarise
themselves with the content thereof because their rights and responsibilities
in the event of occupation or trespassing are clearly set out therein," he