South African bishops praise new president, call for land redistribution –  from White farmers and without compensation! 

Catholic World News – 3/6/18 & Business Insider – 2/21/18
President Jacob Zuma resigned from office in February amid corruption allegations; he was succeeded by Cyril Ramaphosa.

 

On February 20th Ramaphosa addressed the nation’s parliament in Cape Town and made clear that his priority is to heal the divisions and injustice of the past, going all the way back to the original European colonists in the 1600s taking land from the indigenous tribes.

Ramaphosa called this “original sin”, and stated that he wants to see “the return of the land to the people from whom it was taken… to heal the divisions of the past.”

How does he plan on doing that?

Confiscation. Specifically– confiscation without compensation.

The expropriation of land without compensation is envisaged as one of the measuresthat we will use to accelerate redistribution of land to black South Africans.

Ramaphosa minced no words: he’s talking about taking land from white farmers and giving it to black South Africans.

Astonishingly, he followed up that statement by saying, “We will handle it in a way that is not going to damage our economy. . .”

Wow, what a relief. For a minute it sounded like South Africa wants to do what Zimbabwe did several years ago.

Oh wait a minute.

That’s exactly what Zimbabwe did.

Seeking to correct similar colonial and Apartheid-era injustices in his country, Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe initiated a land redistribution program in 1999-2000.

Thousands of white-owned farms were confiscated by the government, and the farmers were forced out.

Bear in mind that Zimbabwe used to be known as the breadbasket of southern Africa. Zimbabwe’s world-class farmers were major food exporters to the rest of the region.

But within a few years of Mugabe’s land distribution, food production plummeted.

Without its professional, experienced farmers, the nation went from being an agricultural export powerhouse to having to rely on handouts from the United Nations’ World Food Programme.

Hyperinflation and a multi-decade depression followed.

If there’s an economic model in the world that you DON’T want to follow, it’s Zimbabwe.

And you’d think that the politicians in neighboring South Africa would know that.

They had a front-row seat to the effects of Mugabe’s land redistribution, not to mention they had to absorb millions of starving Zimbabwean refugees who came across their borders.

Yet this is precisely the policy that they want to adopt.

However you might feel about social justice, it seems pretty clear that copying Zimbabwe is a pretty stupid idea… and will only end up hurting the people they claim to be helping.

Yet the president claims that they want to initiate a land redistribution program that won’t impact the economy or South Africa’s food security.

Yeah sure. And I want to be the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys next season.

But sadly you won’t see Simon Black throwing any touchdown passes anytime soon.

That’s because we have to live in a world with certain realities and limitations.

One of those realities is that land distribution, even if you believe the intentions to be noble, never works.

And of course, the most important reality is that anyone who willfully chooses to copy Zimbabwe’s economic model deserves to suffer the consequences of their stupidity.

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4 comments on “South African bishops praise new president, call for land redistribution –  from White farmers and without compensation! 

  1. [Your Excellencies, be careful for what you wish from this man]
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    Outrage as Ramaphosa ‘hijacks’ church service
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    NORTHERN CAPE / 12 SEPTEMBER 2017 / SANDI KWON HOO
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    Kimberley – Congregants have objected to the “political hijacking” of a Roman Catholic church service by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, in Jan Kempdorp on Sunday, which they believed posed a serious conflict of interest.
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    All Sunday church services were cancelled and parishioners were encouraged to attend a special mass that was held to hand over funds, which were raised in the Kimberley district to train priests, to the bishop.
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    Ramaphosa, along with other ANC and government officials as well as supporters dressed in ANC regalia, occupied the front benches at the event that was held at Jan Kempdorp Primary School in Valspan.
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    DA MPL Boitumelo Babuseng stated that he walked out of the church service when he realised that it was in fact a political campaign.
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    “No one informed us that Ramaphosa would be addressing the service. Many parishioners whom I spoke to were also unhappy and we would not have driven all the way to attend a political rally. It is unheard of, for a Catholic church to give political personalities a platform at a mass. Ramaphosa received a special blessing from the bishop,” said Babuseng.
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    He believed that the church should remain apolitical and not align itself with a any politician.
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    “This was unacceptable and I will lodge a formal complaint with the bishop. By nature, the church is supposed to be apolitical and should not become involved in factional battles. Ramaphosa attended the service to campaign. Will the church allow Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to do the same?”
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    Babuseng questioned why Ramaphosa was allowed to address congregates if he had attended the service in his personal capacity.
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    “He would have had to obtain permission before arriving with an entourage of security and officials. It is an embarrassment and it has compromised the impartiality of the church.”
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    Other members of the community also wholeheartedly agreed that church and politics should not mix.
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    Other parishioners, who chose to stay for the service, indicated that Ramaphosa had taken the opportunity to speak out against the misuse of state resources, fighting corruption and poverty alleviation.
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    Messages on social media indicated that while they were caught off guard, the bishop had made it clear from the onset that Ramaphosa “must not think he is coming to campaign here”.
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    Another person stated that Ramaphosa’s pledge to eradicate corruption amounted to nothing more than an empty promise.
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    “Remember wherever they (politicians) go, they leave some money. These churches are also desperate. This is the same man who recently, when asked about Faith Muthambi’s poor performance, said it is not his business – he is just a deputy president. The noise he is making about state capture and the Guptas when addressing rallies he has never mentioned it in Parliament.”
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    ANC national communications manager Khusela Sangoni indicated that Ramaphosa was deployed to Jan Kempdorp and Kimberley in his capacity as an ANC leader to “speak to communities”.
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    “We are not involved in any campaigning. Permission was obtained from the church for the deputy president to attend the service,” said Sangoni.
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    Father Bonnetswe Victor from St Mary’s Cathedral parish explained that Ramaphosa was not specially invited by the church.
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    “It was not planned and we are not used to the high level of security that accompanied him to the service. His office called on Friday requesting to attend the service that hosted all five districts in the Province. The church is apolitical and is not affiliated to any individual. Sometimes a government official is allowed to say something at the end of the service and Ramaphosa was offered the same opportunity. The bishop made it clear from the start that Ramaphosa was not attending in his capacity as a political leader and was not here to campaign or fund-raise for any party.”
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    He was unable to ascertain whether Ramaphosa was a member of the Catholic church.
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    “We do not turn anyone away and Catholics as well as non-Catholics are welcome to attend any mass. We welcome anyone who wishes to pray for the country, its leaders and society.”
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    Father Victor did not disclose if Ramaphosa had made any donations to the diocese or the fund to train priests.
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    “If there was any contribution or pledge it is between him and God. We do not make this sort of information public.”

  2. Trump should force the EU series to join him in providing emergency immigration status to all Caucasian victims.

  3. Insert some ex Rhodesian SAS into South Africa! Let the Commies try and take the white farmers land ! Night ambushes would put a damper on things ! Start training the farmers to fight back !

    • A Polish couple I know lived in SA for years, before it went commie. They came to the U.S. I expect the only man in politics capable of doing what I suggested is our President.

      The SAS idea is sound but the powers that be would gin it up into another Bosnia, I fear. Tough situation all the way around.

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