It could and it would happen here, even to your Mickey Mouse watch!
I did not want to be like my fellow countrymen. It seems that there are factions and their ideas to choose from, and none seems rational or productive to me. Yes, in the wake of the (acronym or faux concept of ‘white male capital’ (WMC) comes the now in vogue, albeit in a panic-stricken way, EWC (or ‘expropriation without compensation’) . A few weeks ago, most of us could hardly pronounce this hot potato term and now everyone is an expert on the subject. And there seems to be at least two or three prominent categories.
First there are the limp, leftist media who want to paint it as the only means to right the wrongs of the past (a noble gesture indeed, just ask any of our Zimbabwean friends risking life and limb to get out of Zim and close to something resembling a plate of food and a menial job that pays less than the minimum wage).
Then there are the ‘God’s chosen preppers’, who ‘saw this coming for years’ and are now in the final stages of not only having prepared for apocalyptic survival, never mind a land invasion, but something akin to a full scale nuclear war. They even have Israeli military training because one never knows when the starving zombie land invaders and their counterparts fleeing this desolate wasteland that once was South Africa, the economic hub of Africa, will knock on your front door, or, depending on which stage of degradation the country has fallen into, on the window of your lily-white Toyota 4×4 packed to the rafters with baked beans and and paintball guns.
But wait. I looks like I might be making light of the situation, but I am not. My humble opinion is that a solution to this problem is long overdue but that it must be thought through with cool heads, while it now seem the little pudgy bully on the political playground is gathering more friends than the once ruling pack of ‘in-kids’ and that last group is so desperate to win back the old gang in the light of next years’s election, that they are basically copying and pasting the bully’s (populist) blueprint for land reform, which has, as my former boss use to say, “got f***-up” written all over it.
Finally, the group that I find most interesting. Not that they have a solution. To their solution-less surprise it is not something that is going to ‘happen over there, it is already happening right here’. Not in some rural area in the Free State or Limpopo but here in Roodepoort and the rest of the West Rand. (In my boss’ case, it is her humble little abode on Beyers Naudé Drive!) This group is the ‘it can’t happen here’ group, never mind their short sightedness towards food security that shall and will affect them, even if they live in the middle of Roodepoort CBD. (For nice examples, complete with pictures, Google Venezuela’s spectacular failed socialism experiment).
But I digress. My beloved current editor falls into the last category. When the Afriforum list of alleged farms to be expropriated without compensation was released, I discovered seven areas that, lo and behold, include the small-holding on which she lives. So no more is it happening in the bundu, it’s happening right here on our voorstoep. And now what? The word ‘property’ is defined so badly in the bill that should one of our red comrades feel he was done in by the past and always wanted a Mickey Mouse wrist watch, hey presto, EWC! Or that Royal Albert dinner set surely would look nice next to his portrait of Karl Marx. Presto, EWC!
But for now, let’s not be alarmist and hope we find a solution that is fair to all, even my Mickey Mouse wrist watch!
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