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Lack of land reform fuels SA inequality – Piketty

01 October 2015

‘South Africa is very unequal and did not become more equal after the end of apartheid’.

By Rene Vollgraaff

Thomas Piketty

Thomas Piketty

Thomas Piketty, the French economist specialising in wealth and inequality, said a lack of large- scale, forced land redistribution in South Africa from the rich to the poor has fuelled one of the world’s widest income gaps.

“Many successful development experiences in Europe and also in Asia did at some point in their trajectory use land reform and other forms of direct redistribution of property much more than South Africa did,” Piketty said in an interview on Thursday in Johannesburg. “You never had this kind of big phase of redistribution of property and probably that explains why the legacy of apartheid is still very much there in terms of inequality.”

Read the full article from Moneyweb.

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