South Africa faces serious challenges, especially the threat to property rights in the drive towards Expropriation without Compensation, which is codified in the Expropriation Bill and reinforced by the determination of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to force through an amendment to the constitution.\n\n\n\n\u2018Today we are at a watershed moment,\u2019 said Corrigan. \u2018This is a point at which we need to declare a willingness to confront, however heretical it seems, the implications of the ideological currents that shape the decisions and policies taken by the South African government.\u2019\n\n\n\nThe fate of farmers was \u2018the litmus test of what will happen to us all. Given what is at stake, in many respects all South Africans are commercial farmers today\u2019.\n\n\n\nSketching an overview of current developments, Corrigan cited IRR analysis showing that many in the ANC and in government were committed to empowering the state to intrude ever more deeply into the lives and property of South Africans. At the same time, demographic trends and economic failings were working against the ANC\u2019s electoral dominance. \n\n\n\n\u2018The ANC is rapidly running out of room to manoeuvre and is trapped in an ideological prison of its own making. Unable to reform, the ANC is likely to preside over an economy that is unable to grow, and so turns instead to racial nationalist incitement to detract attention from its failures, animate its supporters to vote, and to open the way to the erosion of civil liberties and the rule of law - should it in time come to that,\u2019 said Corrigan.\n\n\n\nAppeasement had not proved to be an effective response. Too often organised interests had thrown away their influence by attempting to cut deals, or by attempting to win favour by representing government to their constituencies, rather than vice versa.\n\n\n\nThis must stop. South Africans need to realise the gravity of the situation and push back. Central to this is for organisations to challenge these dangerous trends in the realm of ideas. Objecting to the reckless course of events, and countering it with solid arguments - directed not only at government or the ruling party, but at society as a whole - is crucial. \n\n\n\nThe IRR has frequently called on people to take up this responsibility. \n\n\n\nCorrigan noted that the IRR had repeatedly stated over the past twelve months: \u2018We cannot guarantee you that we will win because it is now late in the day, and more apparent than ever that those who assured you there was nothing to fear have been wrong all along. But we can guarantee you that we will fight so that we know we did all we could.\u2019\n\n\n\n\u00b7\tOver 150 000 South Africans have given the IRR a mandate to fight Expropriation without Compensation (EWC) on their behalf. In the next few weeks, the IRR will hand to the Office of the President each individual mandate from every South African who has supported us in opposing EWC. Join them, by endorsing our letter to the President at www.irr.org.za.