White S African Farmers Claim 'Brutal' Attacks Amid Motion on Land Confiscation

© AP Photo / Schalk van ZuydamFarm workers in South Africa. (File)
Farm workers in South Africa. (File) - Sputnik International
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With a planned confiscation of white-owned land without compensation already on the South African parliament's table, reports claim that at least one white farmer has been killed every five days in the country this year.

White farmers in South Africa have claimed that they are being targeted in an increasing spate of "brutal" attacks which are being denied by the country's government, according to The Independent.

The UK newspaper cited activists as saying that 2018 has already seen 90 such attacks and that at least one white South African farmer currently dies in these assaults every five days, a figure that has never officially been confirmed.

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Separately, the Independent singled out 35-year-old Gabriel Stols, one of the victims of these attacks, whose younger brother was killed by four unknown assailants in South Africa's judicial capital of Bloemfontein in October 2017.

"What is happening to us is torture, it is slaughter, it is brutal – it is revenge. The world doesn't know what is happening in South Africa," Stols pointed out.

His remarks came after the South African parliament approved a motion by the opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, to change the country's constitution in order to pave the way for a planned confiscation of white-owned land without compensation.

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Supported by the ruling African National Congress and President Cyril Ramaphosa, the motion prompted white farmers in South Africa to cry foul.

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This fell on the deaf ears of the government, which claims that murders of white farmers are simply one aspect of the crime-related problems the country is currently facing.

Confiscating land from whites became a key point in Ramaphosa's  program after his predecessor Jacob Zuma was toppled in February, 2018. When introducing the motion, the head of the Economic Freedom Fighters party Julius Malema, for his part, described the law as mere retribution targeting the "criminals who stole our land."

According to the South African government audit, the country's white minority currently owns 72 percent of the nation's farmland.

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