Tshwane - Some of the people clamouring for land to be expropriated and redistributed in South Africa have no idea on how to utilise it, while others have arable land they have failed to use, commercial farmer and Agri SA board member Sipiwo Makinana said on Wednesday.
The government's plans to amend the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation have been the subject of a heated national debate, with critics saying this will hurt agriculture.
"Now you find people making noise that we want land, we want land - but for what?" Makinana told a news conference in Pretoria.
"If you go through Eastern Cape where I come from, and also in KZN, you will see that people have small gardens ... but those small gardens are not worked. Let alone the arable land lying fallow there."
"They are just building on those arable lands instead of tilling. The grazing land, they are building their homes. Then you ask - what do these people want the land for? Is it for residential purposes, (or) for commercial agriculture?"