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CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa’s High Court rejected a legal challenge on Friday brought by a group representing white farmers against President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plans for land expropriation without compensation.
FILE PHOTO: Wheat grows on a farm beside the Orange River, near Van Der Kloof, South Africa, October 29, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo
Land is a hot-button issue in South Africa where racial inequality remains entrenched more than two decades after the end of apartheid when millions of the black majority were dispossessed of their land by a white minority.
Ramaphosa, who replaced scandal-plagued Jacob Zuma in February, has made land redistribution a flagship policy as he seeks to unite the fractured ruling African National Congress (ANC) and win public support ahead of an election next year.
In its legal challenge, Afriforum questioned the legality of a key parliamentary committee report which recommended a change to the constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation.
“The relief sought by the applicants... is dismissed,” said Judge Vincent Saldanha.
Afriforum, which represents mostly white Afrikaners, alleged that the parliamentary committee had illegally appointed an external service provider to compile the report, and also failed to consider more than 100,000 submissions opposing land expropriation without compensation.
Around 65 percent of public submissions were against a change, according to parliamentary officials.
Parliament successfully countered Afriforum’s case by saying the court action was premature, the committee had not abrogated its powers and all views had been taken into account.
“We welcome the orders handed down today particularly because we’ve always been of the view that the matter was not urgent,” Lewis Nzimande, co-chair of the constitutional review committee, told reporters outside the High Court in Cape Town.
“They (lawmakers) may set aside the recommendations, they may reject the recommendations but procedurally... we can’t just reject the whole work of the committee,” he said.
He said the report, just one step in a long process to change the constitution, will probably be debated in both houses of parliament on December 4.
Thereafter, it is expected a new bill proposing the exact changes envisaged to the constitution will go to parliament and further public participation.
Only once both houses of parliament approve changes to the constitution will it be sent to Ramaphosa for ratification. This process is unlikely to be completed before a parliamentary election expected to be held in May.
Afriforum said after the judgment they would continue challenging what they say is a flawed process, including through further legal action.
“AfriForum therefore undertakes to use every possible mechanism at its disposal to, in the interest of everyone in the country, fight to the bitter end against the undermining of property rights,” it said in a statement.
Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky
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"What is indisputable is that in the 25 years since South Africa was liberated from the yoke of apartheid it has become a dangerous place to be for both black and white citizens. Days after Kennealy’s murder, the local newspapers were reporting the murder of a young white couple whose car had run out of diesel outside Johannesburg. The attackers used the word umlungu (white man) before shooting the couple in cold blood, execution-style.
"The cold cruelty visited on farmers and smallholders, often old, relatively defenceless couples, over the past few years has shocked South African society. Victims have been tortured with blowtorches, had their kneecaps penetrated with power drills, been thrown into baths of scalding water."
The excruciating sadness was made even more poignant when, as her coffin was lowered into the ground, the strains of the Leonard Cohen lament The Gypsy’s Wife played over the sound system…
Too early for the rainbow, too early for the dove,
These are the final days, this is the darkness, this is the flood.
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Farmer, 67, and his wife, 62, are tied up, brutally beaten and shot dead 'by gang of attackers' in their own home in the latest horrific farm murder in South Africa
Farmer and wife were overcome at their property in Free State province Friday
They were tied up, beaten and murdered by alleged group of six people
The group allegedly then began to ransack the property, stealing firearms
Five suspects have been arrested and are set to appear in court on Thursday
By SOPHIE TANNO FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 10:34, 18 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:57, 18 July 2019
A farmer and his wife have been shot dead in another horrific farm murder in South Africa.
Isak van den Berg, 67 and his 62-year-old wife Ina, were allegedly tied up, beaten and killed by a group of six on their Boshof farm in the west of South Africa's Free State province.
Five suspects have been arrested in Bloemfontein and Dealesville during a 72-hour joint lockdown by the South African Police Services (SAPS) and the Hawks, and are expected to appear in court on Thursday. A sixth alleged killer remains at large.
It is the latest in a string of horrific farm murders in the country and comes weeks after 51-year-old farm activist Annette Kennealy was stabbed and beaten to death on her own smallholding in Limpopo province.
A farmer and his wife are the victims of a brutal murder in a farming town in the west of South Africa's Free State province +3
A farmer and his wife are the victims of a brutal murder in a farming town in the west of South Africa's Free State province
Five of those who are accused have been arrested in Bloemfontein and Dealesville during a 72-hour joint lockdown by the South African Police Services (SAPS) and the Hawks, and are expected to appear in court on Thursday (stock) +3
Five of those who are accused have been arrested in Bloemfontein and Dealesville during a 72-hour joint lockdown by the South African Police Services (SAPS) and the Hawks, and are expected to appear in court on Thursday (stock)
Mr Van den Berg had left his wife to take a worker back to town, according to Brigadier Sam Makhele.
On the way back last Friday evening, he stopped to open his farm gate when he was allegedly overpowered by six suspects.
'He was then taken back to his house where, together with his wife, [he was] tied up, brutally beaten and shot. They both died at the scene,' Makhele said in a statement.
According to authorities, the group of six then proceeded to ransack the property, stealing items including four firearms.
The firearms were later recovered along the Caledon River bed en route to Lesotho.
A neighbour discovered the two bodies in the property's kitchen on Saturday morning.
A pathology report will be conducted this week to determine the exact cause of the deaths.
Sergeant Wendy Nkabi told News24 two strangers had been spotted on the property on Friday before the murders.
According to Nkabi, Van Den Berg had noticed the two strangers when he was giving the worker a lift back into town. The attack started upon his return.
The five in custody face will appear in Boshof Magistrate's Court charged with murder, the possession of unlicensed firearms, aggravated robbery, the theft of a motor vehicle and theft (stock) +3
The five in custody face will appear in Boshof Magistrate's Court charged with murder, the possession of unlicensed firearms, aggravated robbery, the theft of a motor vehicle and theft (stock)
The five in custody face will appear in Boshof Magistrate's Court charged with murder, the possession of unlicensed firearms, aggravated robbery, the theft of a motor vehicle and theft.
The killings come just weeks after a South African activist who spoke out against attacks on white farmers was found stabbed and beaten to death on her own farm.
Annette Kennealy, 51, was killed on a smallholding in Limpopo province where she had been staying with an employee, police said.
In her last Facebook post, she shared a link alleging that 10 farm attacks, including one murder, had been reported in four days in 2019.
She also routinely shared links and stories relating to politics in South Africa, and the government's plans to start expropriating farms from white land-owners.
Weeks later, another South African wine merchant was found dead after being shot while dining with family and friends.
Stefan Smit, 62, had been openly critical of the threat of land grabs on his property - a large estate in Stellenbosch, Western Cape - South Africa's most famous wine region.
It was a murder seemingly fuelled by a land dispute created when a squat straddling Smit's Louisenhof Estate was set up, expanding into a vast settlement.
The farmer had previously complained about how citizens from a nearby township had begun erecting shacks at the back of his farm, culminating in him getting an injunction to prevent people from encroaching on his space.
Smit was killed when four men entered his vineyard through an unlocked back door and shot him dead. His wife and a family friend managed to survive the attack.
Transvaal Agricultural Union, a group representing the interests of farmers, recorded 84 farm murders in the 2017 calendar year. Of these, 59 victims were white farmers.
A further 15 people, including eight white farmers, were killed on farms in the first three months of 2018.
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“The UK has for some time now supported land reform. Land reform that is legal, that is transparent, that is generated through a democratic process,”
PM May told reporters. Cape Town South Africa, August 28, 2018 (reuters)
A South African activist who spoke out against attacks on white farmers has been found stabbed and beaten to death on her own farm.
Annette Kennealy, 51, was killed on a smallholding in Limpopo....She was found laying on her stomach, had wounds to her left eye and an open wound on her forehead, he said. A hammer was found next to the body alongside an iron rod, he added.
White South African farm activist is stabbed and beaten to death at her home in horrifying hammer attack
Annette Kennealy, 51, was beaten and stabbed to death on her farm in Limpopo
A male suspect, 40, has been arrested and will appear before court
Kennealy was publicly outspoken about attacks on white Afrikaner farmers
Comes as South African government pushes ahead with plans to expropriate land without compensation to correct the 'historic imbalance' of apartheid