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Bilde: Julius Malema var leder for ANCs ungdomsparti, men spilte det anti-hvite kortet litt for høyt og tydelig og måtte gå av. Han stiftet sitt eget parti, Economic Freedom Fighters. Her er det en dose Black Panthers og Hugo Chavez. Den nye presidenten Cyril Ramaphosa skal være en moderat, men han våget ikke motsette seg konfiskasjonen av hvite farmer. Foto: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters/Scanpix

Tirsdag 27.2. tok parlamentet i Sør-Afrika et steg nærmere en grunnlovsendring som går ut på å konfiskere landeiendommer fra hvite farmere uten kompensasjon. Lovforslaget ble, med ANCs støtte, vedtatt med overveldende flertall. Reuters skriver:

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said after his inauguration two weeks ago that he would speed up the transfer of land to black people although he stressed that food production and security must be preserved. […]

The motion was passed by 241 votes in favor versus 83 votes against. Parliament then instructed a committee to review the constitution and report back to it by Aug. 30.

It was not clear when any change to Section 25 of the constitution to allow expropriation of land without compensation would take place. Together, the ANC, EFF and other small opposition parties could muster the two-thirds majority needed for a constitutional change.

Partiet EFF, som fremmet lovforslaget, har ca 6% av stemmene i parlamentet. Dets leder Julius Malema snakker rett fra levra:

“The time for reconciliation is over. Now is the time for justice,” Mr Malema was  telling parliament. “We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land.”

Malema får Listhaugs æh… retorikk til å blekne:

Malema has been a strong supporter of confiscating land from white farmers, saying in 2016 he was «not calling for the slaughter of white people–at least for now.»

Selv om flere forhold fortsatt er uavklart tar en rekke farmere ingen sjanser, og søker nå asyl i USA og EU. Newsweek rapporterer:

More than 12,000 people have signed a petition asking President Donald Trump to let white people in South Africa emigrate to the U.S. amid a vote by the country’s parliament favoring a motion that could see South Africa’s constitution amended to allow for land to be stripped from owners without any compensation.

Erfaringene fra tilsvarende tiltak i Zimbabwe tidlige på 2000-tallet, var mildt sagt dårlige for befolkningen som helhet.

The motion […] has once again stoked fears among the country’s white farmers of a violent and disastrous land redistribution akin to that which crippled Zimbabwe in the 2000s.

Asylsøkerne legger ikke noe i mellom når de beskriver sine egne fordeler overfor Trump og lederne i EU:

The petition suggests that Trump should stop admitting refugees from Somalia and the Middle East, claiming they «cannot be properly vetted,» and allow white South Africans into the country instead.

A similar petition, calling on European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May to allow white South Africans into EU countries, has gained nearly 17,000 signatures.

Hva er neste? «Bring the Boers back home»? «The clash of civilisations»? Vi vet kanskje mer den 30. august. Hudfarge spiller i alle fall fortsatt en rolle i Sør-Afrika.