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09 November 2020 Carte Blanche

Expropriation Without Compensation – Unpacking Land Reform Realities

After two years of consultation and thousands of submissions from the public, the long-awaited and highly contested Land Expropriation Bill has finally been gazetted – this as tensions around farm security and access to land continue to deepen. Now it’s up to Parliament to debate the new law that details how and when expropriation can take place. This reform is intended to overturn deep race-based inequalities in land ownership. But in some areas of KwaZulu-Natal, farmers and tenure claimants blame the government for a persistent lack of land reform and volatile friction in the region. Carte Blanche investigates some of the fraught relationships between farmers and residents that land reform is meant to resolve.

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