Justice Edwin Cameron’s last ruling as a judge of the Constitutional Court was not just about ensuring that an estimated 11,000 labour tenant farmers may finally have their two-decade-old land claims processed, it is yet another glaring mark on the government’s failure to make land reform a reality for poor black farmers.

“At issue are not only the lives and wellbeing of those claiming the betterment of their lives as labour tenants,” Cameron wrote in a majority ruling delivered earlier this week.

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