Editorials
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23 Nov 2020
4:58 am

Mistakes will leave land issue barren

Editorials

Mistakes made in the process now will haunt generations to come.

Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza. Picture: Jacques Nelles

When it comes to the thorny subject of land restitution and land hunger in South Africa, the focus is almost always on the “haves” – farmers particularly – and how a reallocation of land from those privileged people will somehow cure the country’s ills. What is ignored in this, is that huge tracts of land are already potentially in the reach of those people who would benefit most from land as an asset – the people who live in the former homelands and who have been ruled under traditional systems. Were they to have their tenure on such land automatically...