Land reform needs to be about more than agriculture or farming
Dogged reference to the number of hectares transferred ignores the connections between people and nature, and will ultimately result in social justice failure
Land reform is central to SA’s quest for social justice. During apartheid, land was concentrated in the hands of the white minority. Black people were dispossessed of their land and excluded from land ownership.
After democracy in 1994, SA policy was developed to restore dispossessed land rights (restitution), upgrade the rights of those with insecure land tenure (reform), and transform the racially biased land ownership patterns (redistribution). Despite government policy and intention, the land reform process has been fraught with inefficiencies and corruption. It is estimated that to date only 9% of farmland has been transferred...