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Title:Land reform: unfulfilled obligation in southern Africa and beyond
Author:Saurombe, Amos
Year:2015
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1753-7274)
Volume:10
Issue:2
Pages:156-170
Language:English
Geographic term:Southern Africa
Subjects:land reform
land rights
SADC
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/18186874.2015.1107990
Abstract:Land reform remains a relevant but contentious issue in southern Africa. It nearly caused the collapse of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) after its tribunal ruled against the Zimbabwe land reform programme (which resulted in the removal of white settlers from land they had occupied for decades and, in some cases, for over a century). The major challenge for southern Africa and most of the African continent is to untangle itself from the provocative and salient legacy of social, economic and psychological apartheid on its territory for almost a century without disrupting development endeavours (Chigara 2012). This article exposes the theoretical foundations influencing the powers at play that compromise most of the efforts that have been directed at trying to facilitate transitions from colonialism and its legacies to egalitarian societies. Land rights have suddenly become very important and it appears that these rights only apply to those whose ownership of land has been legitimised by colonialism. The article recommends the application of already existing legal frameworks at domestic, regional, continental and global levels to meaningfully engage land reform challenges that confront SADC and the continent of Africa as whole as a consequence of the general non-compliance to the rule of law and justice itself. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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