oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - The Swaziland contractual regulation of land transactions: trading efficiency for social justice

Volume 14, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



In 1972 Swaziland enacted the Land Speculation Control Act with a view to effecting greater control and monitoring over external purchases of Swaziland and other lesser interests therein. The legal, business and accounting communities were profoundly disquieted by the provisions of the Act. Interviews conducted during the period between June and September 1980 revealed persistent intense feelings in business and legal circles regarding the operational effects of the Act. In this context, this article examines the Land Speculation Control Act. The article has a number of objectives in doing so: it seeks to bring the analysis of the Act back to the origins of property law and relations in Swaziland as a pointer to the structural factors and actor goals which underlie the Act.

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