South Africa Denies Plan to Seize White Farmers’ Land


The South African government today apologized to white farmers for “poor communication” about its possible expropriation of their land to speed up agricultural reform and to put more farmland in black hands.

The apology come at the start of a nationwide public consultation process on land reform. Twenty-four years after the end of apartheid, the vast bulk of the country’s commercial farmland is owned by whites, who make up only about eight percent of the population.

Director-General of Agriculture Mike Mlengana Friday said the proposed constitutional amendment to allow for land expropriation without payment has been misinterpreted as the beginning of a state “assault” on white farmers.

A gathering of white and black farmers in Limpopo province has highlighted…

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