21 May 2018

South Africa: The Land Reform Train Builds Strong Momentum


On Monday the ANC officially revealed the decisions made at its Land Summit, and that its first step would be to examine if land can be expropriated without compensation, before exploring whether it will have to change the Constitution to do so. Considering the different constituencies that are involved in this discussion, even within the ANC itself, that appears to be the completely sensible option.

It does appear that a process that will culminate in significant land redistribution in some way is gathering steam. That said, it also appears that President Cyril Ramaphosa is making good on his promise that there will be "no smash and grab" land reform. For his next trick, he's going to have to convince us that it serves the interests of both those with and without land.

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