08 October 2015
By James Myburgh
James Myburgh on why the French economist’s belief that ‘more ambitious land reform’ is key to addressing inequality in SA is misplaced
There is a broad and widely shared narrative that very little of the land settled or conquered and occupied by the ancestors of modern day white South Africans in the 19th century has been transferred to black Africans under the African National Congress government since 1994. The ‘slow pace of land reform’ has been by the ANC government to justify the scrapping of the ‘willing buyer willing seller model’ and the salami slicing away of existing property rights through various pieces of legislation (passed or pending).
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