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Strengthening the Relative Rights for People working the Land

The proposed land tenure security policy for commercial farming areas seeks to reverse the wide range of tenure insecurities that were engendered throughout the 19th century through a process of land dispossession, human degradation and exploitation. This led to a variety of conflicts over access to, control of and, ultimately, ownership of land. The 1913 Natives Land Act, consolidated by the 1936 Native Trust and Land Act, left only 13 per cent of the land for black occupation through culminating violent forced removals of whole communities for most of the second half of the twentieth century. This legislation destroyed independent African existence in the interest of White settlers by creating reserves for the settlement of black people, and to serve as pools of migrant labour.