On Wednesday, the commercial farmer and Agri SA board member, Sipiwo Makinana, revealed that some of the people clamouring for land to be expropriated and redistributed in South Africa have no idea on how to utilise it, while others have arable land they have failed to use.
Makinana has made this known during a news conference in Pretoria.
He said: “Now you find people making noise that we want land, we want land – but for what?
“If you go through Eastern Cape where I come from, and also in KZN, you will see that people have small gardens … but those small gardens are not worked. Let alone the arable land lying fallow there.”
“They are just building on those arable lands instead of tilling. The grazing land, they are building their homes. Then you ask – what do these people want the land for? Is it for residential purposes, (or) for commercial agriculture?
“The current people on the land should be assisted without taking more people to the land, without a business plan. In short, there is no business plan as to why people are supposed to get the land.”