Land reform still needed in post-Apartheid South Africa
During colonialism and Apartheid in South Africa, whites violently seized land from Africans without any compensation. After independence, African liberation parties formed a pact with the Apartheid government: Whites could keep their jobs and property if the African majority was promised land reform. But Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago Kent College of Law professor, Bernadette Atuahene, says that the hopes of many blacks in the new South Africa went unfulfilled. Some 20 years later, only eight percent of land has changed hands. We’ll talk with Atuahene about her research that has turned into a new book and documentary called (Sifuna Okwethu) We Want What's Ours: Learning from Land Restitution in South Africa.
(photo: Jan Christians outside his home in the Richtersveld area in the North Western Cape Provice, South Africa, March 2005 where the locals live as they await the outcome of a lands claim action in nearby Alexandra Bay. (AP Photo/Mujahid Safodien))