Referenda have their place in democracy, but can also be misused.
The main reason land reform in South Africa has been lethargic is not the Constitution, but a flawed approach.
A survey shows that support for land reform in South Africa differs according to race.
The push to nationalise South Africa's Reserve Bank is informed by the mistaken view that private shareholders affect monetary policy.
South Africa's ruling party, the ANC , is mishandling the process leading towards land expropriation without compensation.
It's becoming increasingly difficult to take South Africa's ruling party seriously when it talks about economic reform.
South Africans can't afford to let the land debate be reduced to a shouting match.
Clarifying when and how the South African constitution allows for expropriation of land without compensation will strengthen property rights.
South Africa's constitution has been amended 17 times already. But, the procedure for doing so is onerous.
Mandela continues to serve as a rare example of a principled politician committed to forgiveness and reconciliation.
In practice, land expropriation in South Africa will be a matter of deciding which descendants of the dispossessed are entitled to it.