History is in the making with the first land expropriation under way, Land and power (February 20). Is another Zimbabwe on the horizon? African National Congress (ANC) policy indicates it is.
The latest ANC discussion document, Building a Democratic Nation (February 2007), shows we are not sharing a common future. Chapter two is a racist mythology of blacks as good victims and whites as bad aggressors, incoming blacks are good migrants but incoming whites are bad colonists, and colonialism is a theft of land with no benefits of education, health, infrastructure and democracy in exchange. Land treaties with chiefs are ignored.
Its core definition of whites as “colonists of a special type” justifies an ongoing war of recovery that goes beyond land claims. Government policy is based on this party propaganda, explaining why Land Affairs Minister Lulu Xingwana thinks farmers are illegal occupiers who deserve expropriation when they get cheeky.
SA has moved on, but the Leninist doctrine and anti-apartheid mobilisation of the discussion document shows the ANC has not. We have apartheid behind us and global warming ahead of us. For the ANC to focus on land claims but not food security is wearing a political hat without having an economic head.
Until the ANC proclaims whites as fully African and not “colonists of a special type”, and the land affairs minister acknowledges what ruined our neighbour, another Zimbabwe cannot be ruled out.