Topic: The Dispossession Perpetuation – The Question of Land Reform In South Africa
Prof Ruth Hall; SARChI Chair & Professor: PLAAS University of the Western Cape
Adv Tembeka Ngcukaitobi: Advocate of the High Court, Author and Political Activist
Ms Nobukhosi Ngwenya: Research Fellow, African Centre for Cities: University of Cape Town
Ms Bulelwa Mabasa, Facilitator: Director and Head of Land Reform, Restitution & Tenure; Werksmans Attorneys
The removal of Africans from their land devastated communities, and the sustained dispossession continues to adversely affect black South Africans. This webinar will unpack the origins of land dispossession in the country and address the currently stalled efforts to amend Section 25 of the Constitution and the Expropriation Bill. It will seek to answer a number of questions including: Where is landlessness felt most acutely – people wanting farmland or people wanting land for housing? What should we spend most effort on – land restitution or land redistribution? What is the role of long-term spatial planning and development in determining overall land strategies? Does the Expropriation Bill help or hinder land restitution and what are the continued effects of landlessness on the black population?