Hectares of politics

Extreme economic differences, racial thinking, uneven chances of education and employment, as well as corruption are splitting the South African society. Even 25 years after the end of Apartheid, many questions remain open, major problems unsolved. The white minority still owns most of the country‘s farmland. Is that fair after all those years of rightist apartheid regime? Who is allowed to farm the land, who can call it their home soil? People are demanding a radical land-reform. Political parties like the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Black Land First (BLF) demand expropriation of farmland without compensation. They want reparation for the suffering during apartheid regime. The ANC also makes expropriation without compensation part of their political agenda. The Boer landowners feel threatened, isolate themselves from society, and radicalize. Conflict between black and white is rising. Blacks fight for a home, jobs, power and for their version of history.

 

Farmhouse in the Karoo desert

 

In front of a committee of parliament a man is speaking for the land expropriation without compensation. These public hearings are meant to give the population a voice in the land debate. All people are allowed to present their opinion about this topic. Each has three minutes of speaking time.

 

Julius Malema Commander-in-Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). A far left policy party that is standing up for expropriation of land with out compensation. The EFF decries it self as a radical, leftist, anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist movement. They draw inspiration from the Marxist and Leninist traditions and the Fanonian schools of thought.

 

Flag of the EFF

 

White farmers have formed neighborhood watches to patrol their houses and fields at night. This way they want to protect themselves against farm attacks and robberies. The patrol duty rotates in the community. The farmers are well connected and work together for their safety.

 

Farmers and farmworkers are fighting fires on their land. It’s the third fire this night. They assume the fires are set.

 

 

Farmer in the Karoo Desert.

 

 

Many, especially young farmers are permanently armed to protect themselves against attackers or land-grabbers.

 

Some farmers don‘t plant this season. They are worried that they may be expropriated before the next harvest. Watering the fields. Willems Farm near Orania, Northern Cape

 

Church service at one of the farnworkers home.

 

During church service in a farmworkers house, a baby starts to cry.

 

House of a farmworker.

 

A farmworker at home. The accommodations are provided by the farmer and are located on the farm.

 

 

 

The South African flag vom before 1994 hangs in a Restaurant in Orania a "white only" town.

 

Horse back riders wearing the traditional clothing of the first white South African settlers, the Voortrekkers. They carry the flags that used to fly over South Africa. Todays flag is not among them.

 

Members of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) are posing with their flag during a ceremony for murdered white farmers. Another AWB member is holding the flag of the Transvaal state, a former state of white boers that existed until 1902. Now, with growing racial tension, many Afrikaners want it back. AWB is an extreme right-winged Organisation that tried to violently prevent the end of Apartheid in the 90s. The ideology is inspired by Nazi Germany.

 

Members of the AWB plat crosses for murdered white farmers in South Africa. Right-winged Afrikaners believe South Africa is on the brink or already in the process of a genocide against the white minority. According to the South African Police, 74 farmers were killed in 2017/2018. However, this number strongly contrasts with 19’016 homicides in South Africa in 2017.

 

 

The South African flag from before 1994 flys over a squatter camp for white people. Pretoria, Gauteng

 

 

600 Red Ants storm into and clear an illegal settlement on a landgrab scene. Landgrabbers are occurring more often lately. In this instant, like in many others, the police refused to clear the settlement, so the Red Ants eviction-service was called in.

 

 

 

These young men doing this job earn about 11 USD for the eviction. They themselves live in houses that are hardly any better than the ones they knock down. Under their fellow blacks they are seen as traitors.

 

Drunken men playing domino. Alcohol abuse is a huge problem in poor black communities especially in rural areas. These man are farmworker or unemployed.

 

 

View in the sleeping room of a family in a squatter camp.