Land reform had not been held back by the constitution but by capacity constraints and a lack of political will.
The proposed new law has a long history. The country has been trying for almost 12 years now to come up with expropriation legislation that is in line with the constitution.
When South Africa eventually emerges from the fog of the COVID-19 crisis, structural reform, including land reform, will be high on the political agenda as never before.
The proposed amendment to the constitution represents a critical juncture in South African constitutional politics.
The challenge to deliver a persuasive speech comes firstly in the context of intense doubts as to whether President Ramaphosa is truly in charge of the ANC.
Ramaphosa’s detractors are unlikely to succeed in their rumoured bid. And, their failure will not be because they’ve suddenly become weak within the administration.
The year ahead promises to be a very difficult but also a very decisive year for South Africa. Is President Ramaphosa equal to the challenge?
The most that may be hoped for from the party’s annual statement is evidence of a president who is confident, clear and courageous.
The abandonment of crop farming fields isn’t new. But some researchers say it’s accelerated in the last two decades.
The FF+‘s constituency is overwhelmingly Afrikaner white Protestants. But, it appears to have made inroads among coloured conservatives.
There is a huge divide between what is important right now and what the election is likely to be about.
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.