|Zuma: "It is now time for action."|
Amazingly, he has conceded that the measure would trigger a racial war in a country historically blighted by racial tensions. Speaking to parliament, he called for unity between black parties in order to pass the controversial change, which would require a constitutional amendment.
Zuma also revealed that an audit of 'pre-colonial land ownership' had begun, and once completed, it would form a blueprint for handling one "land restitution without compensation." The Institute of Race Relations, an independent research body, said that providing a racial breakdown of South Africa’s rural landowners would be “almost impossible”. While a racial breakdown of land ownership is not available in South Africa, there is widespread belief that it largely favors the country's white population.
Zuma's words caused outrage among groups representing Afrikaans farmers. Following Zuma's speech, Andries Breytenbach, who heads the Boer Afrikaner Volksraad, described it as "a declaration of war." Breytenbach told reporters, "We are ready to fight back. We need urgent mediation between us and the government. If this starts, it will turn into a racial war which we want to prevent."