There is the often repeated myth that white South Africans own 87% of the land, and that they refuse to willingly part with said land. This leaves the perception that we will inevitably go done the path of Zimbabwe type land grabs, which will be the stubborn white man's fault.
Consider this emotive piece, devoid of any facts.
"The rich white land-owning class will hurl everything to scuttle South Africa’s land reform process which seeks to redress social and economic injustice which was solidified in Apartheid South Africa for many decades. It’s proving impossible for this class to part with the land which their ancestors violently grabbed from Blacks during the colonial conquest era."
So in one paragraph, not only does this ill informed journalist, Sifelani Tsiko, assume that white land owners are rich, but he sets the stage for land grabs. The logic goes like this. All whites were colonialists, who violently displaced the peaceful and productive indigenous people, taking their land for themselves, and as a consequence enriching themselves. Now, the progeny of these same colonialists refuse to redress the past wrongs, by stubbornly holding on to the land, with the net effect being that the "people" will have to resort to violent land grabs, to correct this past injustice.
Wake up for f**k sakes, for starters most land claims are a fraud. More importantly, some indigenous people engage in subsistence farming, barely managing to feed themselves, the rest usually destroy the land. So who the hell will feed the 45 million people? Anyway let me not get sidetracked.
The 87% of land ownership is a myth. In 2001 it was estimated that white South Africans owned 44% of the land, with coloureds owning 9%, blacks 18% and municipalities 25%. But it is suggested that black land ownership could be far higher, since the constitution does not allow for the breakdown of land along racial lines, and the deeds registry database has no racial indicators. So it becomes convenient to perpetuate a lie in order to dispossess whites of their productive land.
The 87% myth probably relates to arable land, but this cannot be verified. South Africa only has 12% of arable land, and it is this arable land, largely used by commercial farmers to feed the masses, that is under dispute.
Warning: If you tamper with the commercial farmers or the arable land, you will starve. Guaranteed.