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The Bill is a very scary read! While is mentions (briefly), the "right to farm", it is pure window dressing. The Bill is a way for the South African government to take ownership of all land in this country and dictate what must be done on it. Can you say "land grab...?".
It is a well documented fact that the likes of Monsanto, Syngenta and DuPont have a strangle-hold on our government and, as a result, we are the only country in the world with a genetically modified staple crop!
What this Bill says is that the government will be classifying all land into 8 different categories and if you aren't producing crops the way they want you to (called "high potential for intensive crop production"), they will step in and take over. The Bill also says they may delegate these duties as they see fit and they don't need your permission to enter your land without due cause or a warrant and take samples.
So all that has to happen is for them to delegate it to Monsanto, who declare your land high potential for intensive crop production, declare you incompetent or in breach of this Act; the state takes over, and makes you plant GM seeds ... or whatever other nefarious ideas our idiotic government come up with! And if you don't comply, you can spend up to 5 years in prison and get an (undisclosed amount) fine! You will also be taxed to "encourage" the "correct use" of your land. WTF!!!!
Not only that, but what happens to pristine bush or veld that has endless indigenous plants and animals on it? They take a sample, decide it's high potential and plough it all down? What will this mean for our national parks and people with game and nature reserves? The Act is purposely vague.
Don't for one second believe our government has your best interests at heart, because it doesn't! This Bill is not only unconstitutional as far as I am concerned, but highly unethical! You must read between the lines here! Contest this Bill now! (And any other dodgy ones in the works).
Here are some of my favourite highlights from it :