Agri SA demands immediate retraction of Northern Cape “expropriation list”

Agri SA demands immediate retraction of Northern Cape “expropriation list”

Agri SA demands an immediate retraction of the ANC Northern Cape expropriation list. Agri SA will act in defence of its members in the Northern Cape, as we have done in the Melmoth case in Kwa-Zulu Natal. President Cyril Ramaphosa and top officials of the ANC have given repeated assurances that productive farms will not be targeted for expropriation without compensation (EWC). Agri SA has made it clear that it opposes any amendment of section 25 of the Constitution.

“We condemn the actions by the ANC in the Northern Cape in the strongest terms, and we will deal with it with the utmost sense of seriousness,” said Omri van Zyl, Executive Director of Agri SA. “We anticipated irresponsible statements leading up to the elections, but this amounts to cheap political point scoring.”

Agri SA will engage the diplomatic community on the ANC’s turnaround on the stated position of not targeting productive agricultural land. Today Agri SA will brief the Trump Administration by engaging the Deputy Secretary of State of the United States, John J. Sullivan on EWC and the Northern Cape list.

“Agri SA engages with government, the ANC, and all other organisations with the understanding that we all respect due process and the rule of law,” says Dan Kriek, Agri SA President. “We regard the latest statement by the Northern Cape ANC as being in breach of these principles. We have appealed to the national leadership of the ANC to intervene. We will not hesitate to litigate in order to protect private property rights, which we regard as absolutely critical for economic growth that we sorely need as a country.”

Agri SA hopes the ANC in the Northern Cape will come to their senses and comply with the demand. If not, Agri SA will take the legal route.

Enquiries
Omri van Zyl
Agri SA Executive Director
C. 082 417 5724

Dan Kriek
Agri SA President
C. 082 944 0566

Annelize Crosby
Agri SA Policy Head: Land
C. 082 388 0017

How AfriForum’s ‘expropriation list’ devastated two farmers By Pieter du Toit - via News24.com

How AfriForum’s ‘expropriation list’ devastated two farmers By Pieter du Toit - via News24.com

Afrikaner rights group AfriForum’s release of an unverified and disputed list that purports to denote farms targeted for expropriation without compensation has led to millions of rands in possible losses for at least two farmers whose properties are named in the document.

Louis Hauman, a cattle farmer north of Kuruman in the Northern Cape, told News24 he was in the process of negotiating the sale of his farm of more than 6 000 hectares with two potential buyers when AfriForum released the list. The offers on the table were immediately withdrawn.

“AfriForum caused me a lot of damage,” Hauman said on Thursday.

Ferdie Klopper, a farmer in the Kroonstad district, who has also been trying to sell his property, said: “this publication of this list has damaged me”. “My farm, and possibly those of my neighbours too, is now a target. I will struggle to sell the farm on the open market.”

Agri Northern Cape