Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Zimbabwe redux? 

Claimants seek 20% of SA farmland

South Africans who lost land during the apartheid era are claiming back 20% of the country's commercial farmland, a land claims official has said.

In some provinces, that figure may rise to as much as 50%, according to chief lands claim commissioner Tozi Gwanya.

Where owners refuse to sell, a new law will allow the government to move in.

But South Africa has said it will ensure that the redistribution of land does not lead to the problems seen in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

Let's hope not... The line I bolded above doesn't make me very confident in this policy's prospects, though.
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