Commercial farmers union AgriSA said it was stunned by suggestions that farmers should transfer up to 40 percent of their farm value to black shareholders as part of a new land reform scheme, AgriSA president Johannes Moller said yesterday.
"It is unacceptable that several government officials have made speculative and extremely controversial statements regarding land policy which undermine confidence and create unrealistic expectations," he said.
In a recent interview with Beeld newspaper, Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said the government was investigating a shareholding scheme to replace the willing seller, willing buyer system to reach land reform targets.
Under such a scheme, farmers might have to transfer up to 40 percent of their farm value to black shareholders as part of BEE legislation, she said.
"It is clear that the ANC struggles to find a workable model to give effect to its Polokwane resolutions regarding accelerated land reform and an end to the willing buyer, willing seller approach," Moller reacted.
AgriSA said these resolutions placed emphasis on the wrong point of departure, because a variety of factors other than the price of land contributed to the frustrations experienced with the slow progress of land reform.
Moller said the resolutions ignored factors such as poor administration, differences of opinion among claimants, and corruption.
He said Joemat-Pettersson's views should be seen against the backdrop of admissions that more than 90percent of state-assisted reform initiatives had failed.
AgriSA said the minister had also failed to provide clarity on who would pay for the shareholding and how the value of the transactions would be determined. - Sapa