Cape Town – AfriForum released a list of farms who would allegedly be targeted for land expropriation without compensation over the weekend; however lobby group AgriSA did not welcome this release.
The release of the list has raised concerns from farmers as to whether they would be targeted for land expropriation. Many of them have contacted AgriSA with worries that they would be at risk of attacks now that their information is public. AfriForum advised farmers to be patient while the legitimacy of the list is proven.
The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform have denied the accuracy of the list and further claim that the list was not discussed within the department. Deputy CEO of AfriForum, Ernst Roets, opposes this claim and says that members of the Department had access to the list.
Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, announced that the department has not started on the land expropriation without compensation process, thus invalidating the relevancy of the list. The process will only start once all the amendments to section 25 of the Constitution will be discussed by the committee.
It is alleged that this list was made public by AfriForum so that they could encourage farmers to join them in a legal approach to land expropriation without compensation.
AgriSA has assured farmers that no changes have been made to the Constitution yet. They have also assured farmers that there are many steps before land is expropriated and thus cannot be a rushed process.