|President Jacob Zuma|
has called on parliament to change South Africa’s constitution to allow the expropriation of white owned land without compensation.resident Jacob Zuma
Mr Zuma, 74, who made the remarks in a speech yesterday/FRI morning, said he wanted to establish a “pre-colonial land audit of land use and occupation patterns” before changing the law.
“We need to accept the reality that those who are in parliament where laws are made, particularly the black parties, should unite because we need a two-thirds majority to effect changes in the constitution,” he said.
Mr Zuma, who has lurched from one scandal to another since being elected to office in 2009, has adopted a more populist tone since his ruling African National Congress (ANC) party suffered its worst election result last August since the end of apartheid in 1994.
The party lost the economic hub of Johannesburg, the capital Pretoria and the coastal city of Port Elizabeth to the moderate Democratic Alliance party, which already held the city of Cape Town.
he ANC is also under pressure from the radical Economic Freedom Fighters, led by Julius Malema.
Mr Malema has been travelling the country urging black South Africans to take back land from white invaders and "Dutch thugs".
He told parliament this week that his party wanted to “unite black people in South Africa” to expropriate land without compensation.
“People of South Africa, where you see a beautiful land, take it, it belongs to you,” he said. Although progress has been made in transferring property to black South Africans, land ownership is believed to be skewed in favour of whites more than 20 years after the end of apartheid.
The Boer Afrikaner Volksraad, which claims to have 40,000 members, said its members would take land expropriation without compensation as “a declaration of war”.
“We are ready to fight back,” said Andries Breytenbach, the group’s chairman. “We need urgent mediation between us and the government. "If this starts, it will turn into a racial war which we want to prevent.”
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|Working-class white people, most of them Afrikaans-speakers, |
are going through an intense crisis in South Africa.
Homeless Whites in South Africa
(London Daily Mail) - Shanty huts sit next to clapped-out cars, as children sprint along the dusty wasteland under the scorching sun.
Beyond the flimsy shacks lie ditches and pools of filthy, stagnant water where mosquitoes breed.
These are the daily conditions endured by families in South Africa's 'white squatter camps' where there is little food, running water and no electricity.
Seeking to undo years of racial inequality - when whites were almost guaranteed employment and housing under apartheid - the ruling African National Congress (ANC) government introduced laws that promoted employment for blacks and aimed to give them a greater share of the economy.
This change, along with the global financial meltdown, has meant many white South Africans have fallen on hard times and are forced to live in slums. Read More . . . .