Agric SA has observed that some of those who are asking for land do not know exactly what to do with it.
Agri SA noted that the organisation has assembled a legal team, with senior counsel, to closely monitor developments on the highly contentious matter of land distribution in South Africa.
However, Black and white South Africans think differently about land. That much is clear from the Constitutional Review Committee’s public hearings on amending Section 25 – the property clause – of the Constitution in the Northern Cape, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, which I attended.
Each and every one lamented that expropriation without compensation would have a dire effect on the economy and food security. Many of the white speakers represented farmer’s unions and producers’ organisations.
The love for and a strong bond to the land didn’t feature strongly in the white farmers’ presentations.
Black speaker after black speaker, the majority of them male, spoke about a history of dispossession and how its effects – which continue to this day – lead to a loss of dignity and economic exclusion. Many viewed expropriation without compensation as a way to remedy this.