JOHANNESBURG – As the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) seized large swathes of land near Centurion, RSA President Cyril Ramaphosa announced today that land grabs “will not be tolerated.”
“We should not tolerate disorder and lawlessness of that type. Nobody has any right to invade land, to violate other people’s rights,” Ramaphosa said. “All those who want to invade land they will get to know that we will not allow that.”
Ramaphosa’s statements, made shortly after a voter registration drive, rang hollow to many Afrikaners, as the African National Congress (ANC) moves to amend the constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.
Centurion, a small suburb between Johannesburg and Pretoria, has been the scene of violent clashes between the EFF and police, as EFF militants have mounted a large scale invasion of what is being officially reported as vacant land. It has not yet been confirmed if the land grab has included any privately-owned property as of this report.
Gauteng Province Premier David Makhura said the invaders were not local homeless or landless people, but members of Julius Malema’s EFF, and that the invasions appeared to be “organised.”
According to a local source, Marc van Sittert, white South Africans, known as Afrikaners, are registering in record numbers to vote. He added that he believed the ANC passed the farm bill to extort Afrikaners into paying more money to actually keep their land.
Ramaphosa’s public statements of condemnation are further undermined by his repeated requests for EFF leader Julius Malema to rejoin the ANC. Meanwhile, a petition requesting for President Trump to authorize Afrikaners to legally migrate to the US has gained thousands of signatures. This is a developing story, check back for updates.