07 AUG 2015
By Nhlanhla Mbatha
Poor performances in the land reform process in South Africa are caused primarily by the fluctuating and sometimes conflicting policy messages from government since 1994. The oscillation of policy language over the past 21 years, we argue, has led to key challenges in the process, ultimately stemming from the reluctance of policymakers to embrace exclusive property rights and free markets.
At a theoretical level, the reluctance is justifiable given the redistributional imperatives of the land reform process.
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