No amount of champagne, cakes or booze-fuelled parties can mask the reality of the what the ANC has become.
King Goodwill Zwelithini (Siyabonga Masonkutu, The Witness)
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is mind-boggling that Melanie Verwoerd in her article "The king and Kallie
Kriel: Strange (and dangerous) bed fellows" tries to argue in all earnest that
AfriForum and His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini's positive decision to work
together on the basis of mutual recognition and respect on matters of common
importance is "dangerous".
is true, rather. Healthy relationships, respect and cooperation between South
Africa's respective cultural communities – despite differences that may exist –
in fact offers hope in the current political climate where the EFF and radical
elements within the ANC attempt to polarise South Africans along racial lines.
and a few other advocates of the current political establishment seemingly do
not realise how prescriptive and intolerant they have become of any person or
group that has a viewpoint differing from theirs.
her article Verwoerd not only blames AfriForum because we dare to take a strong
stand against President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement that he and his party
would carry expropriation without compensation through, she even wants to
prescribe who AfriForum may or may not build healthy relationships with.
in contrast with this, stands for freedom and tolerance. This presupposes that
everyone has the right to have alternative points of view, unashamedly exercise
their culture and form alliances with other cultural communities.
of Verwoerd's critique, AfriForum will in the coming months intensify its
attempts to – on a basis of mutual recognition and respect – build healthy
relationships between the country's cultural communities. An example hereof is
the court case that AfriForum is driving against the KwaZulu-Natal education
department on behalf of a traditional community in Nkandla to have a school
built in the community. The case will be heard in the Pietermaritzburg High
Court on 26 October.
true "danger" that threatens the country is not – as Verwoerd argues
– AfriForum or the Zulu king's opposition against expropriation without
compensation, but rather the fact that the acceptance of the policy of
expropriation without compensation will have catastrophic consequences for
South Africa's economy and consequently for the country's residents. It would benefit
those who apparently do not see the danger that the ANC's disrespect for
property rights hold, to ascertain the destructive consequences that such
policy directions had elsewhere in the world.
for example, was the richest country in central America in the 1980s, with a
per capita gross domestic product (GDP) which compared to Norway. Similar to
what the ANC currently argues, Venezuela's regime at the time argued that they
took "underutilised" land into ownership without compensation in
order to increase "food production" and ensure "economic
consequences that it held for Venezuela, is there today for everyone to see.
This country's inflation rate is currently approximately 1 000 000% and 80% of
Venezuela's people are living in absolute poverty. It is tragic to read that, out
of desperation, people in Venezuela started to break into zoos to steal the animals
to home, Zimbabwe is also an example of the destructive consequences of
disrespect for property rights. The fact that this lead to an unemployment rate
of 90% in Zimbabwe is an indication that disrespect for property rights not
only does an injustice to owners of property, but that everyone in the country is
hit once the country's economy collapses.
therefore strongly believes that our opposition to expropriation without
compensation is of importance to everyone in the country, except perhaps the
single politicians who will – as in Zimbabwe – enrich themselves through the
is determined to prevent South Africa from following the same path as Venezuela
and Zimbabwe. Irrespective again of Verwoerd's critique, AfriForum will further
intensify its campaign against expropriation without compensation – nationally
and internationally – and will simultaneously continue to promote healthy
relationships and mutual recognition and respect between the cultural
communities in South Africa.
- Kriel is CEO of AfriForum.
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