Daniel Halliday
Dec 17 · Last update 11 days ago.
Is South African Land Reform policy failing?
South Africa’s Land Reform policy intends to redistribute land in order to reduce inequality and empower poor black farm workers. However the policy is causing concern both in South Africa and abroad with some going as far as claiming a white genocide is now being carried out across South Africa. Is the land reclamation policy in South Africa working or causing the re-ignition of racial tensions in South Africa?
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The racist history of SA needs to be reversed
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The reversal of a racist past
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The policy needs to go further but is lacking something vital
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The racist history of SA needs to be reversed

The situation around land reform in South Africa is a throwback to apartheid, a racist policy that not only needs to have been revised; it needs to have been completely reversed for justice to be achieved. Land needs to go back to the indigenous people from whom it was originally taken, otherwise the memory and legacy of apartheid, and all the racist colonial policies that came before it, will live on in South Africa and continue to divide society along racial lines. The issue of compensation is also not something that even needs addressing; 3000 white farmers having been killed since apartheid ended, but 50 black people are murdered everyday in SA, a situation that is too toxic to award compensation to those who maintain disparity. qz.com/africa/1350164/south-africas-land-expropriation-without-compensation-not-enough

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The reversal of a racist past

The pendulum has begun to swing to the opposite extreme of apartheid, and there is a growing amount of racist political rhetoric used to cover up this and other corrupt practices in South Africa. The black middle class of South Africa, and indeed most South Africans, are against this policy as it goes against business investment norms and it is fighting a historical wrong by reversing it and expecting a different result. It is just the narrative of corrupt politicians using issues such land ownership to stay in power and distract from their own misconduct, but it is fuelling a fire of racial tensions and has led to a pattern of killings that some are referring to as a ‘white genocide’.

timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-09-26-survey-shows-most-voters-are-against-land-expropriation-without-compensation

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The policy needs to go further but is lacking something vital

These land reforms are a step in the right direction for a country that has a history of apartheid and huge levels of ongoing racial disparity. However the government have found that around 90% of redistributed land is not being used productively, with the new owners tending to engage in subsistence farming. To avert a failing agriculture economy, the land reforms need to go further and education needs to be included in a land for compensation deal, this would be fair for all and lead to greater success for both sides, as can be seen in the case of Paul Doubell’s farm.

youtu.be/ygWRJ2Ht1kU?t=1003

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