Land reform: The free market way

If not expropriation without compensation, then what? How do South Africans finally redress the imbalances caused by apartheid? EM Jadwa from Durban asked these very questions in a letter to The Star last week.

What is the answer? It is a fallacy to believe the authoritarian notion of the forceful seizure of property and the allied notion of state custodianship of all property is the way to distance ourselves from an equally authoritarian past. The 1994 election and the 1996 Constitution were meant to be a departure from the state-centric mentality of apartheid toward a people- and freedom-centric future.

Here are some solutions to the problem of skewed property (moreover, land) ownership caused by apartheid that do not violate the necessary ingredient for prosperity: private property rights.

[Read the full article at HuffPost SA here:]

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