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Minister: No land reform pandemonium

2012-06-28 21:41

Johannesburg - The ANC must not create "pandemonium" among business and the public over land reform, Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said on Thursday.

"I don't think we should create pandemonium or insecurity. There is no need for us to panic. Section 25 of the Constitution has always been there and we shouldn't create the impression that we are going to change the Constitution," she said on the sidelines of the ANC policy conference in Midrand.

"All we need to do is implement the Constitution."

She said Section 25 allowed the government to expropriate land with compensation. This could be accomplished by "building the capacity of the state" and completing the land audit.

"The Polokwane [elective] conference took a decision that the land audit must be completed by the end of 2012. We are convinced that we will meet our deadline.

"Once it is there, we will have a clear picture on how to fast-track land reform."

She said the commission debates around land had been "sober".

"The impacts of decisions we take in those commissions will have an impact on the economy of the country. We are determined to protect food security.

"There is no way in which, as a country, we can go towards the centenary of the 1913 land act, without having a definite and radical opportunity to fast-track land reform."

When the land reform policy document was released in March, ANC head of policy Jeff Radebe said: "The recommendation in this document expresses the view that the current willing buyer, willing seller model tends to distort the land market through inflating the prices of land earmarked for restitution, and this has the dual effect of making land reform expensive, and delays the process of increasing access of the poor to land."

In the document the ANC proposes introducing a valuer general's office. The valuer general would set standards for valuation of land that involved fair compensation.

The land reform commission was scheduled to report on its resolutions later on Thursday afternoon.

The Freedom Front Plus was happy about the news.

"The Freedom Front Plus welcomes the ANC's commission on land reform's decision not to nationalise land and that section 25 of the Constitution will not be amended," the party's parliamentary spokesman Pieter Groenewald said in a statement.

"Although section 25 of the Constitution provides for the expropriation of land with compensation, the government should rather first intervene in the failed land reform projects."

Comments
  • Voiceinthedesert.co.za - 2012-06-28 21:57

    All this means is that the bastards are going to devalue property to buy it. There is nothing fair about this process and is just another example of the ANC doing as they please. If something is not how they want it, the change the law or change the constitution, or supress the media, or try and dictate to the judical system. Nothing and no one can do anything unless these idiots are removed from power.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-06-28 22:11

      Voice - If the ANC have their way with land redistribution a la Zimbabwe, your nomenclature will be quite appropriate - assuming you are still here by then.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-06-28 22:28

    Give the people land....we have 1000....and....1000 of fertile hect...not used at the moment....surely this would be the solution to avoid trouble.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-06-29 09:27

      It would be a solution, but that wouldn't hurt the White man, therefore not a good ANC policy.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-06-29 12:45

      I'm amazed that you are right...they must make sure that they hurt the white man...even if the ones that were around 100 years ago are no longer here...and the ones that are ..now...here..actually voted for the change in policy so that every S.A citizen should have the vote...hence our democracy was born....and for that decision made in the 90's..this is our reward.

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-06-28 23:06

    Well a fair compensation to those who bought it and it wouldn't be fair but as for those who gained the occupation ownership of the land through the 1913 act well no compensation should be in place

      Irene - 2012-06-28 23:39

      GET-OVER-YOURSELF.

      tw2066 - 2012-06-28 23:52

      1913 ... that was 99 years ago. The "those" are dead already. For a party that claims to be looking forward the ANC are surely obsessed with the past!! This land issue or redistribution sounds like a free ticket story to me. But i suppose to those who havent worked for the land but may get it for free - it sounds great, and any old relic will justify this hey...

      rasthami.m1 - 2012-06-29 08:30

      Irene that will happen after we have gotten over this land issue and all natives have retrieved what is rightfully theirs -@ giving back what belongs to caesar well the are way to many occupants of land who are occupying the land of their predeccesors the land which was gained through the 1913 act of displacing natives ,well those land should be exppropriated without no compensation

  • sipho.sithole.94 - 2012-06-29 00:01

    We must follow the procedures on land,we don't like to be Zimbabwe and nobody should be hurt about that law must play crucial roll on land not just give person who don't know about land,we cannot shut down farming production due to person who want his land same stage we wished to be those pple in Limpopo their just blessed with nature mean bona bazalwe benomhlaba I wonder what special about them those pple claim that there need they own land although is food security take place must shut down due to them ey

  • sipho.sithole.94 - 2012-06-29 00:01

    We must follow the procedures on land,we don't like to be Zimbabwe and nobody should be hurt about that law must play crucial roll on land not just give person who don't know about land,we cannot shut down farming production due to person who want his land same stage we wished to be those pple in Limpopo their just blessed with nature mean bona bazalwe benomhlaba I wonder what special about them those pple claim that there need they own land although is food security take place must shut down due to them ey if ungafundanga winkinga yento

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-29 01:39

    To change the Constitution or any part thereof a two thirds majority is required something the ANC does not have!! Put that in your pipe and smoke it !!

      Keith - 2012-06-29 08:05

      You don't think that will stop them, do you?

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-06-29 03:05

    Give people title deed to land they stay on, this includes religious organizations/church land, tribal land, corporate, and government owned land, and we would almost immediately balance the books on this demographics nonsense, but best of all, when it comes to tribal lands almost 20 million people will be personally empowered and enriched through land ownership. There are only 30 000 white farmers still actively involved with commercial farming which is set to be further reduced over the next five years, by almost half. The 'boere' are making other plans by the looks of it with many retiring, the younger generation moving on, and many working the lands to the north of South Africa, creating bumper crops. Farms that are not sold are basically being left, and are now owned by the banks, especially along the Eastern escarpment and Eastern Cape. The most successful farms are being bought up by Chinese and Eastern Corporations. ANC leaders and councilors that are pressing this cheap populist land reform nonsense are taunting the mobs at their own peril because when the promises turn sour, they will not be safe from their own voters.

  • tobydt - 2012-06-29 06:06

    "Theres going to be RADICAL changes with land reform" "Dont panic about land reform" "Theres going to be RADICAL changes with land reform" "Dont panic about land reform" F*** off ANC :P

  • tobydt - 2012-06-29 06:15

    Hehe, the elections must be close. The ANC always makes these radical statements during its 'policy conferences'. Trying to please the displeased masses. Then trying to please the displeased investors. Lets face it, this country is supported by white economy. The black economy has grown very little the past 20 years. And that is not the white mans fault. Without the white economy, there would be no R1 trillion budget. There would be no grants. There would be no free housing. Why bite the hand that feeds you?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-06-29 09:26

      And there certainly wouldn't be a new plane costing Billions for Zuma to zoom around in either.

  • warwick.gibson.1 - 2012-06-29 06:51

    Right you stupid dimwits. If I have a farm and you come and give me in your opinion a fair price, yet I have workers that I pay and loans that have been taken out on the market value of the land and on the potential crop harvest, will you also settle the loans as I would not be able to as I now do not own the land. Will you also keep my workers employed or do they have to move. Remember farm workers, when the cANCer takes the land, your jobs are gone forever, you will become squatters. If my farm is expropriated you is liable for any monies owed to the banks. Have the banks thought about this.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-06-29 07:36

    An incredibly simple issue complicated by the ANC as they prefer to politicise it. All they needed to do in the beginning was identify black people who wanted to farm,and then purchase land for them on the open market. There was plenty availbale at fair prices. Instead they bought land from people who did not want to sell, thus paid stupidly high prices, for communities instead of individuals. The result has been massive failure and massive waste of state funds. Another solution would have been to have the guts to stand up against tribal chiefs and give people living under them title to the land they lived on. They were too scared to do this, purely for political reasons - ie total selfishness and greed for power. I do hope they start using common sense regarding the so called land issue, the first part of that common sense is to stop using the "issue" as a political toy to play with. It is costing everyone in our country a lot, not just the white farmers. If only the ANC could tackle issues in the interests of improving lives of people instead of playing games with all of us. I have no trust in this lot.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-06-29 07:57

    Do you know that 60% of unused arable land in the world is in africa but they want more land,to do what with,cmon we wernt born yesterday.

  • Allan - 2012-06-29 08:40

    The government and municipalities have pushed up property values to increase the rates and taxes they can collect but when the time comes for them to buy the property the values are all of a sudden to high. Municipal valuation + improvements = fair market price? Willing buyer, willing seller not the issue the ANC do not have the capacity or means to fulfill their promises to their voters.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-06-29 09:36

      2 Allan...you wonder if the rates being paid by the whites now, which are extremely high....will continued to be paid by those that might benefit from expropriated land? I somehow I doubt it very much...then just think of the rates that will go unpaid....at present they falter on their electricity bills how will they pay high rates? Maybe this is a question to put to the ancyl....they so stupid,they wouldn't even be aware of these costs if they acquired land.

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