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Post-1994 land laws mimic apartheid

Author: Nomboniso Gaza

Despite making all the right noises, South Africa has done little to correct its legacy of dispossession.

Umhlaba! Izwe lethu! (Land! This land is ours!)” It is now more than 40 years since I first heard these slogans. Given the passion with which they were declared, I have tried to understand exactly what they meant.

Like many South Africans, I continue to grapple with the multiple meanings of the land question. For me, it is important to understand land dispossession as a structural process that played out over many centuries.

 

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