The Freedom Charter of the ANC, adopted on June 26 1955, reads: "We, the people of SA, declare for all our country and the world to know … the land shall be shared among those who work it! Restriction of land ownership on a racial basis shall be ended, and all the land redivided among those who work it, to banish famine and land hunger."

But public debate and discourse on land has rarely centred on precisely who should benefit from the land reform programme...

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