UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

VAN SCHALKWYK'S SUGGESTION FLAWED

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MR SALAM ABRAM, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR AGRICULTURE AND LAND AFFAIRS

The UDM expresses its disgust at the statement made by DA deputy leader Marthinus van Schalkwyk. His suggestion that government should buy up land from thousands of white farmers facing bankruptcy and give it black farmers in a bid to accelerate land reform is pathetically flawed.

The UDM calls upon the Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs to support farmers as they play a vital role in the economic development of South Africa. It is further ridiculous to place emerging black farmers on unsustainable land because that is exactly what led to the original owner's bankruptcy. Instead of assisting current farming communities as well as emerging black farmers Van Schalkwyk seems to be sentencing them both to a bleak and uncertain future.

The UDM calls on Mr van Schalkwyk to critically analyse his pathetically flawed comments. Instead the UDM advocates well-planned land reform policies  and concrete economic support for all farmers. The solution must be sought through partnership, with established farmers mentoring and assisting emerging farmers. Exchanging land between black and white people is a zero-sum approach.

Enquiries:
Mr. Salam Abram, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Agriculture and Land Affairs
082 375 8834

Cape Town
23 August 2001 Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Safety and Security

Cape Town
 9 May 2001