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SA state has been trying to cover up huge land reform failures – report

According to a report in Afrikaans weekly Rapport, the new approach to the controversial project of land reform in South Africa has been failing, and government is so concerned about new research findings that it allegedly tried to prevent the researchers from continuing with their work.

In a front-page article dealing with the work of the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (Plaas), it was alleged that the expensive land reform programme has been resulting in farm workers losing their jobs and even their rights to accommodation.

The state’s programme of acquiring land for redistribution is allegedly also contributing in other ways to the increase of poverty in rural areas.

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