Economic war in South Africa

Part of the “signs of the times” in South Africa….

Terry Bell Writes

For all the sound and fury of the current fight between poultry producers and meat importers, their dispute may turn out to be only a minor skirmish in what promises to be a war of words and protest action aimed at securing the high ground of economic policy. And central to this will be the question of land.

The initial drive started started on Thursday, June12, at a press conference staged in Johannesburg by the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) and the Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu). There they announced a joint campaign that includes a call to nationalise the land of South Africa.

Although Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim, and Fawu deputy general secretary, Moleko Phakedi, declared war under the banner of “agrarian transformation”, their battle plan extends well beyond farm lands and remote rural areas. It can be summarised by the famous 1992 quote by US President…

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