ISSUED BY MR SALAM ABRAM, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR AGRICULTURE AND LAND AFFAIRS
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.
Mr. Salam Abram, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Agriculture and Land Affairs
082 375 8834
23 August 2001 Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Safety and Security
9 May 2001