Don't allow land grabs, Agri SA urges

2011-10-21 16:01

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 Muller said.

"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 youth league."

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 permission."

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 said.


  • marco.tomaso - 2011-10-21 16:49

    "Don't allow land grabs" tell that to the Chinese aswell.To think that approximately 73% of the world's agricultural farmland are in Africa.So fertile is Africa and yet millions are still hungry.Thre some much sought after real estate in available farmland in Africa especially by the Chinese that is.With depletion and degradation of land and water in mainland China,this does pose serious challenges to Africa as a whole where 70% of the world's poor live in rural areas and where agriculture is their main source of income and employment.The complex reality of China's engagement with agriculture in Africa was explored during a nuanced presentation at the London International Development Centre where motives for China’s involvement in African farming were highly speculative.Compared to Africa,China has only 7 per cent of the world’s arable land,and yet 22% of the world’s total population.With 40% food price increases since 2009,China's support of African agriculture has been markedly increased.

  • Annelise - 2011-10-21 17:28

    Ignore Getitok. He is either really stupid, or trolling. Also his grammar is shocking in Afrikaans, so I think it is the former.

  • Trudy - 2011-10-21 17:39

    @ Servaas. Actually my comments are not aimed at bashing or attacking white people. You on the other hand are always demeaning black people in general, thus my efforts to educate you.

      Servaas - 2011-10-21 19:55

      Is that so my dear?? You say it is not?? Be that as it may, but here is a tip.. Stop talking sh*t about Afrikaans people in your topics POPLAP!

      Getitok - 2011-10-21 20:33

      @Serv-ASS...your mentality and lack of intelligence just shows thru.

  • africanwolf - 2011-10-21 17:55

    There is enough land in SA for everyone who wants to farm and most of it is unused. the problem is that most people don't want to live on farms, and lack the skills to farm. therefore they sell it back to the original owners. easy come easy go. education is the answer to all Africa's trouble.

  • Frikkie - 2011-10-21 17:56

    @getitok, nee wat, my boy, nie met die goed wat ek gebruik nie, laat khadaffi vir jou n les wees. Aids is in elk geval besig om onder julle balsekoppe te maai

  • aiazmir - 2011-10-21 18:28

    I know that the "land grab" rhetoric is a prelude to a much bigger agenda. It has to do with greed and power. It is much like the Libyan situation. Gaddafi exploited the people because they were divided. The ANC are promoting division through "divide and rule" policies through their "puppet Mal Enema". We the people, should organize ourselves and create a counter-movement to this. Libya has shown that "we the people" can do this. As the saying goes, "If you want to change, change yourself".

  • Gavin - 2011-10-21 18:31

    Malema will never learn and one day his own kind will get tired of him and he will then disapear. I look soooooo forward to that day

  • rowen.loretz - 2011-10-21 18:41

    malema will fall and be killed like Gadafi if ever he takes my land

  • Mike - 2011-10-22 02:52

    . If land invasions begin then all white farmers should burn their crops and kill their livestock. Starvation will kill millions and the survivors will understand who feeds who. .

  • Joseph - 2011-10-22 03:01

    I do not think the governmant will via that route,if they do that will be stupid.We can not risk trade with nothing.A good solution will be sort with all parties affected involved,they will be no Zimbabwe in South Africa.

  • Jacqui - 2011-10-31 10:50

    Levett, I have spend many years in the countries you mentioned. None are getting ready to come and help you. In fact they wine and dine the ANC when ever possible. So don't get your hopes up.

  • Jan - 2012-03-08 09:47

    Firstly malema is a gonner and anybody who supports him is an idiot! Secondly, as the son of a farmer in Mpumalanga I have seen how many farms our area has gone to sh*t because of land reform. As you drive past the farms one can see no production has taken place there in years. Most of the farmhouses are taken apart and sold of piece by piece and fertile fields lay barren. If the anc keeps on claiming farmland from white farmers, food will become unaffordable and the masses will eventually realize who feeds them and keep this beautiful country from becoming just another african sh*thole. Sad but true.

  • zs5zk - 2012-06-02 10:07

    Agriforum, lay a charge of Incitement to commit a crime against Malema, it is a criminal case and get the PR!CK locked up to prevent ANARCHY and whole sale Murder and Slaughter. He is at this time aiding and abetting a future crime. Take heed before it is to late.

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