28 Feb '18 21:38>2 edits
Originally posted by @ashiitakaFor a different perspective from someone not relying on anecdotes, I suggest this: http://theconversation.com/land-reform-is-a-zimbabwe-success-story-it-will-be-the-basis-for-economic-recovery-under-mnangagwa-88205
Looking at Zimbabwe, fears are legitimate. Zimbabwe went from being the most successful African country to total ruin.
Inflation reached 80 000 000 000 percent at the peak of the hyperinflation crisis. You could leave home with enough money to buy bread but by the time you arrived the price has quadrupled. Millions lost their life savings.
Once the ...[text shortened]... land reform, South Africa has had a black majority government for almost a quarter of a century.
While acknowledging problems in the past, it states:
In his speech after being sworn in as Zimbabwe’s new president on November 24, Emmerson Mnangagwa, stressed the role of the country’s land reform farmers in boosting the country’s economic recovery. They have excelled recently.
Zimbabwe produced more maize in 2017 than was ever grown by white farmers, who have repeatedly been praised for making the country into the bread basket of Africa. Maize production in 2017 was 2.2m tonnes, the highest in two decades.
Good rains helped, but even the United States Department of Agriculture said the huge increase in maize production was “mainly due to favourable weather conditions and a special program for import substitution, commonly termed as "Command Agriculture”. That programme was implemented last year by Mnangagwa, when he was vice president.
Under the programme, land reform farmers signed contracts for a certain number of hectares and agreed to sell at least five tonnes of maize per hectare to the Grain Marketing Board. The government provided seed, fertiliser, and, if needed, tractors and fuel for ploughing, and the cost was deducted from the sale price of the maize. Compared to 2011, another good rainfall year, maize production jumped 700,000 tonnes – more than half of which was due to the Command Agriculture programme.
Of course, right wingers posters want to ignore the reality of how whites obtained the vast majority of their land in the country during the colonial and white supremacist government's tyrannical rule:
because the white farmers received their land in the 1930s to 1950s only by expelling tens of thousands of Zimbabwean farmers already on the land.
What is the sense of throwing off colonial oppression IF you leave complete control of the country's economy with the colonials who seized it by force and maintained it by racist laws limiting or banning the indigenous population from buying land as was the case in Rhodesia for decades?
EDIT: An example of such racist laws:
The Land Apportionment Act of 1930 was the first legislation to establish land segregation legally, designating half of the country’s land for whites – who made up only five percent of the population – and assigning them most of the better land. It also made provisions for evicting indigenous farmers to drier and less fertile regions.
Are the People never allowed to redress the injustice of such laws even after throwing off the colonial oppressor?