ANC ‘obsessed’ over expropriation, but land reform fails

Henry

Despite the fact that since 1994 the government has acquired a total of 432 038 ha of land in the Free State in terms of various land reform programs – and at a cost of R1.881 billion to the state – this land is not used for commercial food production.

Roy Jankielsohn, the DA’s prime minister candidate in the Free State, says that apart from this land, municipalities in the province also own 203 pieces of vacant land over 245 379 ha, which means that in total around 677 417 ha of potentially productive land lies fallow.

“The ANC government’s obsession with expropriation remains a smoke screen for its failure over the past 30 years to transform the commercial agricultural landscape,” says Jankielsohn.

A report prepared under the guidance of ex-pres. Kgalema Motlanthe, indicated “corruption, the diversion of resources to the elite and a lack of support for reform beneficiaries” as some of the main reasons for the failure of various land reform programmes.

Jankielsohn says land reform must be measured against the contribution that the beneficiaries of these reform programs make to food security in the country.

“The communist models of communal projects with large numbers of beneficiaries without title deeds have failed miserably.

“Provincial governments have spent large sums of money to support projects without any chance of success,” says Jankielsohn.

According to him, only the DA-controlled Western Cape can claim that progress has been made with land reform: In this province there is an 83% success rate, compared to 90% of projects in the rest of the country which he says fail.

The DA is also campaigning for beneficiaries of land reform programs to get the title deeds of the land they cultivate so that wealth can be created over generations and can serve as a guarantee for production loans – through the use of title deeds.