If you asked South Africans what was the most divisive issue our new democracy faced now, I would bet the majority would point to the land debate.
When the Land Act of 1913 was passed, it awarded the black majority population a mere 13% of arable land, which President Cyril Ramaphosa has aptly described as “the original sin”.
So, it’s only just and fair that the government moves decisively to remedy this grave historical injustice committed by successive generations of colonial rule and apartheid over many decades.
While 30% of the country’s estimated 60000 commercial farms were earmarked in 1994 to be returned, only 8% are in black hands today. Hence the apparent haste to accelerate land reform, especially with elections looming next year.