FMF NEWSLETTER 22 MARCH 2017
Dear friend of the FMF
This week’s feature article examines the contentious issue of land reform. The State owns a large amount of idle land in South Africa. To make substantive progress, Martin van Staden argues that the State should hand over its idle land to deserving, poor and previously disadvantaged people. If we want real, meaningful land reform, not just political point-scoring, the poor should be given title deeds and secure property rights, which will empower individual families.
Government land is central to land reform – MARTIN VAN STADEN
With politicians spewing anti-property rights rhetoric, we could but wonder what exactly sets the democratic government apart from the former apartheid regime.
The central feature of apartheid was a denial of property rights to black South Africans, a tradition that the democratic government has continued. Just as it was under the Nationalists in the past, government today still controls a substantial amount of land in South Africa. For most of the historically-black areas, this remains especially true.
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Publish date: 22 March 2017
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