South Africa land seizures from white farmers promoted by president | World | News

Although the president was making the case for land-reform, many commentators are insistent that this is a land grab which may further inflame racial tensions.

White farmers in South Africa have said they have been targeted in ‘horrific’ attacks this year, which were ignored by police and encouraged by the government.

In an article today for the Financial Times, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said land ownership changing hands is essential to fulfil the vision of Nelson Mandela, the nation’s first democratic president. 

Mr Ramaphosa writes: “This is no land grab. Nor is it an assault on the private ownership of property. 

“South Africa has learnt from the experiences of other countries and will not make the mistakes that some have made.”

He argued that 97 percent of South…

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