It could have been comical if it was not so bizarre, ironic and almost criminal. The ANC released a list of farms they intend to expropriate. Of course the list would be scrutinized (how dumb does the ANC think voters are?) So we did just that:
The first two farms on the list are Lukin and Salaita belonging to Akkerland Boerdery in Makhado/Louis Trichardt. The two farms, insignificantly and totally per chance, lie right on top of the Makhado coal reef worth about R70 billion.
“Give us back the land” seems not to be the main concern here. Agriculture for the poor and landless is very far from the ANC government’s minds: no, it is the coal riches. See, in 2014 Akkerland Boerdery was summoned in a High Court case by the mining company Coal of Africa Ltd to allow their prospectors and employees to access Lukin and Salaika. Ironically, as can be seen on the attached photos, the Australian-based Coal of Africa Ltd used the very same Section 25 of the Constitution as their main argument!
South Africans can be pardoned for being very sceptical about this expropration of Lukin and Salaika. There is no agricultural value compared to the (BEEE) mining rights of a foreign-controlled company which four years earlier was singing the praises of Section 25. Why this about-turn when there is not indeed very, very large sums of money involved? Shall we then presume that the expropriation of Akkerland Boerdery is not for the landless South Africans, not for agriculture, and indeed for a foreign company with influential BEEE partners?
It is a bloody shame! The ANC should just go and peddle their lies and corruption to people with less than three brain cells.