South Africa Parliament Votes To Confiscate Land From White Farmers. ‘The time for reconciliation is over’: South Africa votes to confiscate white-owned land without compensation. The motion was brought by Julius Malema, leader of the radical Marxist opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters, and passed overwhelmingly by 241 votes to 83 against. “The time for reconciliation is over. Now is the time for justice,” Mr Malema was quoted by News24 as telling parliament. “We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land.” According to Bloomberg, a 2017 government audit found white people owned 72 per cent of farmland in South Africa.