South Africa 1.3.2017 11:15 am

Boer-Afrikaner ‘nation’ warns ANC of war over land

Sakkie van der Merwe, a member of the Boer-Afrikaner Volksraad, is seen at a news conference in Pretoria, Wednesday, 23 July 2014 on upcoming talks with government about territorial self-determination for what they call "Boer Afrikaner people". Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Sakkie van der Merwe, a member of the Boer-Afrikaner Volksraad, is seen at a news conference in Pretoria, Wednesday, 23 July 2014 on upcoming talks with government about territorial self-determination for what they call "Boer Afrikaner people". Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

The group also said lack of action against farm murders would be seen ‘as an act of hostility against the white population’.

The fight for the land ownership is reaching heated levels apparently – it’s “war against the Boer Afrikaner people”, the Boer Afrikaner Volksraad had warned the ANC.

The Afrikaner activist group says it will not recognise any law that makes nationalisation of land without compensation legal, even if it comes from parliament.

“Deprivation, dispossession and occupation of our country in terms of any law shall be considered formal acts of war against the Boer Afrikaner people, which we have to defend against and retaliate with internationally accepted means and methods in order to ensure our ownership and recovery,” wrote the organisation in Afrikaans.

This after the EFF on Tuesday called for the expropriation of land without compensation in parliament. The motion was tabled by EFF leader Julius Malema, who called for black people to unite in ensuring that section 25 of the constitution is amended so to make it constitutionally possible to nationalise the South African land without compensation.

However, ANC member of parliament Phumuzile Ngwenya-Mabila immediately said in her speech that the ruling party understood the history of “land dispossession”.

She said the idea of land expropriation without compensation remained unconstitutional, and she also disagreed with the proposition by the EFF to amend section 25.

As it stands, section 25 of the constitution prohibits expropriation of land without compensation. Section 25, subsection 3 says: “The amount of the compensation and the time and manner of payment must be just and equitable, reflecting an equitable balance between the public interest and the interests of those affected, having regard to all relevant circumstances.”

The Boer Afrikaner Volksraad also said lack of action against farm murders would be seen “as an act of hostility against the white population”.

“Since time immemorial it was the accepted right of peoples to defend their territorial integrity against such abuses, as Britain did for example in 1982 when Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands.

“Similarly, there are many examples in the history of third parties who intervened to protect the territorial integrity of small nations against states and governments that their superiors may abuse to rob others. A recent example is the US-led Gulf War of 1990-1991 against Iraq when the latter Kuwait annexed.

“The fact this has been researched on several occasions in the well-documented history of land occupation and land ownership in South Africa, and can be easily checked. Nevertheless, the ANC has repeatedly claimed that the land we own was stole from black people.

“Therefore, any act of Parliament that allows expropriation of our land or any other property without compensation, or even compensation for purposes other than that which is essential for the creation of physical infrastructure, [will be] deemed legalization of theft of our property.

“We will not recognize it as legitimate legislation, and in the light of the aforesaid statements by government spokespeople and the lack of political will of the government to act strongly in order to fight farm attacks (which is in itself a hostile failure against which retaliation would fair), we will take it as an act of hostility against the white population.”

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