While debate about property rights and land reform is raging throughout SA, Parliament appears to have shelved the detailed report and recommendations of the high-level panel headed by former president Kgalema Motlanthe. The report is the outcome of two years of public hearings in all provinces on the assessment of key legislation. It includes commissioned reports on all aspects of land reform by a wide range of experts after numerous round-table discussions with stakeholders, including government officials. It presents a devastating analysis of what has gone wrong with land reform over the past 24 years, reflecting the fury and deep sense of betrayal of the citizens who flocked to the public hearings in their thousands. The report, commissioned by the Speakers’ Forum of SA and drafted by a panel of eminent South Africans, also includes detailed recommendations to fix the problems that were identified, down to the level of indicative draft laws. When she and provincial speakers rece...

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