South Africa says it will for the first time force a white farmer to sell his land under a redistribution plan.Now I'm not debating whether some type of land reform is necessary. Any country where 80% of usable farmland is owned by 10% of the population is not structured for good social relations.
The decision was announced by the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights, set up to return to black people land lost under apartheid.
An official said talks to agree on a price for the farm had failed and the farmer has vowed to challenge the move.
South Africa's government says it wants to hand over about a third of white-owned farm land by 2014.
But... have we not seem what this leads to in Zimbabwe? Zimbabwe was once a net food exporter. Today, the country is a basketcase.
So why does the future look grim for South Africa. Well just listen to the politicians:
But Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says the pace of reform should be speeded up - as in neighbouring Zimbabwe, where most white-owned land has been seized by the state.Nothing more needs to be said.
"There needs to be a bit of oomph. That's why we may need the skills of Zimbabwe to help us," she said.