I’ve decided to retain this article on Editor’s Choice as it has provoked a huge response and brings into sharp focus the sort of dire consequences of the ANC’s carelessness over expropriation without compensation.
This may be considered as an ‘unintended’ consequence of the ANC’s ‘land reform process’. The IRR has argued repeatedly since the start of the process that this is the sort of dire situation that can spiral out of control. This is the most high profile thus far, most of the previous acts being against black farmers.
‘It’s mayhem here.’
These are the words of Mrs Luan Anderson, whose family has worked the Emerald Dale Farm in the Donnybrook area of KwaZulu-Natal for the past century. Within the confines of a tough, unforgiving farming economy, it’s a large, value-adding operation – a plantation, a dairy and a sawmill – providing work to some 350 people (some