An international crisis may be brewing for the new president of South Africa after that country’s Parliament reportedly voted 241-83 to confiscate, without compensation, all lands belonging to white farmers in that nation, as reported by the Daily Mail and other news agencies.
On the job for only a couple of weeks is President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Newsweek reported that more than 12,000 people have signed an online petition to President Donald Trump, asking that he allow whites from South Africa to emigrate to the United States as a result of the situation.
Newsweek noted that the motion still requires approval from Parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee before an amendment to the nation’s constitution may be drafted.
The Newsweek story said the online petition calls on the president to “take the steps necessary to initiate an emergency immigration plan allowing white Boers to come to the United States.”
South Africans of German, Dutch or Huguenot descent are often referred to as Boers or Afrikaners.
According to the Daily Mail, whites own 72 percent of the farmland in South Africa according t a 2017 government audit. The newspaper also reported that the “Rural affairs minister for the ruling African National Congress party said ‘The ANC unequivocally supports the principle of land expropriation without compensation’.”
There is opposition from the Freedom Front Plus party, whose leader, Pieter Groenewald, predicted the decision to confiscate land would have “unforeseen consequences” that would result in a detriment to the country.
The Daily Mail story identified the sponsor of the land seizure motion as “radical Marxist opposition leader” Julius Malema. The newspaper said that in 2016, Malema allegedly hinted to his followers about violence. He is also quoted as stating that the time for “reconciliation is over.”
Quoted by CNS News, Malema said, “Now is the time for justice. We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land.”
The country’s new president was sworn in just last month. According to NTV news, President Ramaphosa has promised to “initiate a dialogue with key stakeholders.”
“There is no need for any one of us to panic and start beating war drums,” Ramaphosa said during a televised speech to the National Council of Provinces.
He promised to “make sure that we come up with resolutions that resolve this once and for all.”
“This original sin that was committed when our country was colonized must be resolved in a way that will take South Africa forward,” he reportedly stated.