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Mphahlela M Rammutla “Land Is Still a Priority”, (May 23) appears to misunderstand the position of the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) regarding land reform. That it is not viewed by most South Africans as a priority for the government action is indeed reflected in our polling. Similar results have been identified by others. South Africans accord a higher priority to jobs, personal safety and education. This is entirely predictable given the nature of the country’s population and its aspirations — again, something that may be discerned through polling. That does not render land reform unimportant. Land reform addresses some profound moral wrongs, and, properly handled, offers some useful economic gains. But it is unlikely to be the foundation of a solution to SA’s unemployment and poverty malaise. And, mishandled, it will inflict great damage, undermining the country’s prospects all round. Hence, our opposition to expropriation without compensation. It offers nothing to address th...

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