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Government and police must step in to keep Hermanus occupations and associated violence from spilling over to the rest of the country

The ANC and President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision concerning expropriation without compensation can have disastrous consequences for our country if the government and the police don’t take a firm stand and intervene.

Since last week, land invasions and occupations have occurred across the country and today, newspaper headlines read that the coastal town of Hermanus in the Western Cape has become a “war zone” after land occupants destroyed properties in town and even a satellite police station.

This is a direct consequence of Pres. Ramaphosa and the ANC/EFF’s decision to amend the Constitution so as to make expropriation without compensation possible – and one cannot help but wonder if the decision was not merely taken in order to promote certain political agendas.

The FF Plus did warn that certain expectations would be created with the adoption of the motion of expropriation without compensation and that the people will not wait for the parliamentary process to run its course, but that they will take the law into their own hands and grab the land.

Two weeks ago, during a question and answer session in Parliament, Pres. Ramaphosa said that illegal land invasions and occupations will not be tolerated and that the police must take action against land occupants in response to a question posed by Dr Pieter Groenewald.

The fact that the government is silent about the occupations at present only reinforces the notion of the people at grassroots level that they can just occupy land left and right. The situation that has been created is highly volatile and decisive action is needed to make sure that it does not get out of hand.

In some cases, the police showed that they are willing to take action, but in other cases, they merely looked on. The police now find themselves in the midst of a very dangerous situation created by the government. Police stations are even being burnt down and that is symbolic of a revolt against law enforcement.

The ANC government has proven time and again that it is not competent to rule on any level and the public’s fear that the situation might spiral out of control is justified.

It is therefore of the utmost importance that the international community is kept up to date with local events. Last week, Dr Groenewald visited Belgium where he discussed, amongst other things, farm murders and expropriation without compensation as well as the consequences thereof with various organisations and interest groups.

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