• Land in southern Africa is an emotive and volatile issue which lends itself to political exploitation. There are a number of structural differences between the situation surrounding land reform in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
  • However, events in the latter country do show that failed land reform programmes can have major consequences in any country in the subcontinent with a history of inequality and colonial dispossession.
  • For these reasons, it is imperative that South Africa’s land reform programme should succeed. At the moment, the South African government is struggling to meet its own land reform targets, and there are signs of impatience among politicians, government officials, and members of the public.
  • Recently, President Thabo Mbeki himself warned in parliament that what he saw as continued white resistance to restitution and redistribution could undermine the ‘historic compromise’ of 1994 in respect of land as embodied in the new constitution.
  • Full versions of CDE reports synthesise all the research papers that were commissioned for the project and report in detail the policy recommendations CDE developed from them.
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