Brtish Prime Theresa May while visiting Cape Town on Tuesday, stated that the British Government supports South Africa’s land reform programme providing it is carried out legally.
“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” May said “It’s an issue that I raised and discussed with President Ramaphosa when he was in London earlier this year. I’ll be talking about it with him later today.”
The situation facing white farmers in South Africa is very dire indeed. The ruling ANC (African National Congress) party is moving ahead with plans to seize land from white farmers all across the country. This action by the ANC is being taken without any compensation being offered to the farmers whatsoever. This is more commonly known as Land Expropriation Without Compensation.
However, Prime Minster May supports this action by the South African Government if it is done in her words “legally”. Let’s look at that, shall we?
In 1997 The United Nations Human Rights Committee sat and discussed the issue of Forced evictions from land. These are some of the points they addressed
General comment No. 7: The right to adequate housing
(art. 11 (1) of the Covenant): Forced evictions
13. States parties shall ensure, prior to carrying out any evictions, and particularly those involving large groups, that all feasible alternatives are explored in consultation with the affected persons, with a view to avoiding, or at least minimizing, the need to use force. Legal remedies or procedures should be provided to those who are affected by eviction orders. States parties shall also see to it that all the individuals concerned have a right to adequate compensation for any property, both personal and real, which is affected. In this respect, it is pertinent to recall article 2.3 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which requires States parties to ensure “an effective remedy” for persons whose rights have been violated and the obligation upon the “competent authorities (to) enforce such remedies when granted”.
16. Evictions should not result in individuals being rendered homeless or vulnerable to the violation of other human rights. Where those affected are unable to provide for themselves, the State party must take all appropriate measures, to the maximum of its available resources, to ensure that adequate alternative housing, resettlement or access to productive land, as the case may be, is available.
So provided that the white farmers are adequately compensated for their properties. That they are not rendered homeless or destitute and their basic human rights are maintained then the “Land Reform” as Theresa May calls it will be legal and fair and she won’t have a problem with it.
The question remains what will The Britsh Prime Minister do when the land expropriation without compensation continues as they currently are. In a completely illegal way?
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