Why Land Reform Will Continue to be One of South Africa's Biggest Problems

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- iafrica.com | 3 months ago

Land redistribution through just and equitable means remains contentious in the South African political and judicial landscape.

Under the apartheid rule, the distribution of land was aligned to race, with the minority white population allocated about 90% of arable and habitable land, while the majority black population was allocated the minute remainder, mainly in the homelands. Transitioning from an apartheid to a democratic state brought about the human rights laden Constitution which contains section 25 – the right property.

Essentially, the provision calls for ‘expropriation for public purpose or public interest’ and expressly prohibits the ‘arbitrary deprivation of property’.

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