THE FIRST FARM EXPROPRIATION, THE CHINESE BEHIND IT AND THE FRONT ORGANISATION LEADING
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GOVERNMENT ANC MADE A STATEMENT
THE FACTS REGARDING THE REPORTS ON THE AKKERLAND FARMS CALLED LUKIN AND SALAITA CLAIMED BY MUSEKWA COMMUNITY
05 SEPTEMBER 2018
The Afrikaner rights group, Afri-Forum has on the 03rd September 2018, held a media briefing in Pretoria on Akkerland Boerdery farms called Lukin and Salaita which are under claim by the Musekwa community.
The Minister of Rural development and Land Reform, Maite Nkoana Mashabane has noted with concern the media reports based on the Afri-Forum press conference involving the expropriation of Lukin and Salaita farms, which are owned by Akkerland Boerdery, and would therefore like to put it on record that the matter is pending the court’s adjudication as the Department and the current owner have exhausted all possible avenues for negotiations which ended in a dispute. The Department wishes to reiterate that it does not have a list of farms nor an alleged list of 139 farms earmarked for expropriation of land without compensation. We would like to once more place it on record that under the current legal framework for managing land reform programmes, the Department cannot legally expropriate farms without compensation. Parliament’s Constitution Review Committee is still exploring this possibility through a series of consultations, public hearings as well as written submissions. The Department can, however, expropriate land with the payment of Just and Equitable compensation as currently enshrined in Section 25(3) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, which is the case in the Akkerland Boerdery case. The Department and Akkerland
Boerdery reached a deadlock on the just and equitable compensation that the Minister offered to the current owners as determined by the Valuer General, who is empowered in terms of the Property Valuation Act of 2014 to make such price determination. Consequently, Afri-Forum’s assertion that the government wants to pay only 10% of the market value of the properties is misguided because the current Constitution enjoins the government to pay Just and Equitable compensation and not market value. The Minister accordingly approved the Final Notice of Expropriation in accordance with the current provisions on expropriation with compensation.
Lastly, the Department would like to dismiss the spurious insinuations by Afri-Forum that expropriation of the Akkerland Boerdery farms is motivated by the government’s plan to satisfy Coal of Africa’s desire to mine coal deposits that are found on the farms as well as the Chinese interests in the development of a multi-billion rand metallurgical processing plant in the area.
The Musekwa Community’s land claim was lodged prior to the December 1998 deadline for lodgement of land claims and was gazetted in 2006, long before it was known that there are coal deposits on the land and long before the government declared the area a Special Economic Zone. The Department reserves the right to comment further on the matter as it is Sub Judice.
On the day before Easter 2018, Johan Steenkamp, the co-owner of Akkerland Boerdery (comprising of two farms: Lukin and Salaita near Tzaneen) was served with a notification by the Minister of Land Development and Rural Reform, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, informing him that his farms were going to be expropriated and that he had 7 days to hand over the keys. He had to apply for an urgent court order to prevent this from happening, as there still is no legislation in the constitution to make such a step legal.
Akkerland Boerdery was recently referred to in the Media as “the first farm to be expropriated without compensation” and was, co-incidentally, at the top of the list of farms designated for expropriation which was revealed by Afriforum. The existence of such a list was firmly denied by the Department of Land Reform and Rural Development.
Steenkamp is going to court, because of a proven illegal land claim by the Musekwa Community. He was offered an amount of R20 million by Government to hand over his property, which he refused, as the land is valued for at least R200 million.
What is behind the urge to get hold of Akkerland Farms?
The Limpopo Economic Development Agency (Leda) is a company registered with the purpose of economical development and job creation in Limpopo. In a newsletter of April, Leda states that the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform is a partner. (Remember, they sent the letter to Steenkamp) At the same time Leda has ties with a number of Mining companies, including CMR (Corridor Mining Resources), which belongs to Leda. And CMR is, in turn, reportedly linked to Coal of Africa – a coal mining company registered in Australia.
What makes it interesting is to know that Akkerland is involved in another court case (refer to screenshots) in which the very same Coal of Africa takes Steenkamp to court to obtain the mining and prospecting rights on his farms. These rights would obviously be no problem to get hold of if the farms were to be expropriated, because Akkerland is situated on rich mineral and coal deposits.
What makes it even more interesting is that Leda has signed Memoranda of Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding with 9 Chinese companies (incl companies with mining interests) in Beijing on the 25th of May, shortly after Akkerland Boerdery was informed of the planned expropriation. These Chinese companies then invested $10 billion in the Limpopo Special Economic Zone, an initiative of Leda.
It is therefore quite reasonable that the proposed expropriation of Akkerland has nothing to do with redistribution of land, but to get hold of the mining rights. And the influence of the Chinese behind it, through mining companies linked to Leda, is very clear when you read through their press releases and newsletter.
Some controversial and well-known characters are members of the board of management of Leda. The Deputy Chair is Jimmy Kourtambellides, an well-known ANC man who was allegedly involved in a tender process corruption scandal in Limpopo in 2007 to the value of R500 million.
The chairperson of Leda is a Mr M. Lekota.
It remains to be seen whether Akkerland will become the first land to be expropriated without compensation…and how much the Chinese and their South African fat-cat puppets benefit from it.
OTHER INFORMATION TO LOOK AT
MORE BACKGROUND ON LEDA:
IS THIS REALLY LAND EXPROPRIATION OR MINERAL EXPROPRIATION
Voorgestelde planne en vergaderings is al geruime tyd aan die gang oor ‘n ander man se grond en vals vlag grondbesettings en haat rassisme, ens teenoor blanke boere
FUTHERMORE : THE MAP OF LIMPOPO AND THE FARMS
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Energy minerals overview
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Black metal and mineral overview
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Illustration of the existing mine in Limpopo province (red part: South African energy and metallurgical special economic zone)
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