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Land expropriation Trumps logic...

24 August 2018, 16:38

The furore surrounding Donald Trump's tweet about the pending land expropriation without compensation in South Africa, has been met with strong condemnation from most commentators in our country. Trump is well known for speaking before thinking, but perhaps we have overlooked a few things that the international community have a right to be concerned about.

It is only logical that comparisons will be drawn between Zimbabwe's failed land expropriation policies, which ultimately bankrupted the country due to crippling sanctions and food shortages.

As viciously as Bob Mugabe defended the controversial way in which white farmers were booted from their land, he had no problem going to the Western powers with hat in hand, demanding international aid in solving the run away debt Zimbabwe found itself in.

It seemed almost taboo to discuss the fact that the farmers in Zimbabwe were the victims of violence when being evicted from their homes by veterans loyal to Mugabe. It is a well known fact that South Africa is already a violent country, with race relations teetering on a knife's edge. This was part and parcel of why sanctions were taken against Zimbabwe, by many countries around the world.

If we are prepared to fool ourselves into thinking that there won't be a fair share of violent evictions in South Africa, then we may as all be ostriches with our heads buried in the sand.

Foreign investors have already closed their wallets to South Africa due to the unabated corruption within the governing party. Talks of expropriation without compensation, no matter how necessary is not inspiring any more confidence than is already lacking from potential investors.

Whether we like it or not, the international attention that farm murders has gained around the world, is now inextricably linked to the news about land expropriation. The damage is done and there is no putting the cat back in the box.

We might not like what people like Donald Trump have to say, but it does not necessarily mean that other world leaders are not thinking along the same lines, with similar concerns to those already raised.

Hotheads like Julius Malema, who regularly makes veiled threats of violence against the white population of South Africa also hasn't gone unnoticed by the international community.

So before we are so quick to condemn the concerns of world leaders regarding the controversial land topic in South Africa, perhaps we need to realize why the international perception is already tainted with negativity.

We must always separate fact from fiction, but never lose sight of the fact that we may already be victims of our own denial.

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