The high court in Pretoria has delivered yet another scathing ruling on the government’s failure to properly implement land reform, finding that its 17-year-old failure to sell a farm to an elderly black Limpopo farmer is irrational and unconstitutional.

In a landmark, precedent-setting decision that will force the state to radically re-evaluate its policy of offering black farmers long-term leases rather than land ownership, the court ordered the department of land reform & rural development on Wednesday to finally make good on its promise to sell 78-year-old David Rakgase the Nooitgedacht farm he has been leasing from the state since the 1990s.

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