oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Property rights, workers' rights and economic regulation - constitutional protection for property rights in the United States of America and the Federal Republic of Germany: possible lessons for South Africa
In South Africa, the debate surrounding property rights is particularly relevant, given the massive imbalance in the distribution of wealth. The fear exists that property rights will perpetuate the power of property owners over employees and non-owners of property. Any future South African government will have to address the problem of poverty and the need for a more equitable distribution of income. Although the South African situation may be somewhat exceptional, the arguments with regard to the protection of property rights which have been raised in the United States and West German are not without relevance and South Africa may learn from the experiences in these countries.
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