It was a hard-fought victory for a community seeking to reclaim land, and for the Moletele ethnic group it has become a surprising model of wider racial co-operation. After a 10-year legal battle, the Moletele have taken back the land from which they were evicted by members of the white minority nearly a century ago. The area, a picturesque range at the foot of mountains near Hoedspruit in the country’s northeast, is dotted with trees heavy with fruit. "To us, we see it as our dignity has been restored," said Hezekiel Nkosi, the chairman of the Moletele Communal Property Association which pressed the claim. "We are making sure that our people work on the farm and make it successful." Nearly a quarter of a century after the end of apartheid, the sensitive issue of redistributing land to the black majority looms large over SA’s politics. The leader of the EFF, Julius Malema, who has been convicted of hate speech, has called on his followers to forcibly seize land. Even President Jacob...

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