n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - "Living in the margins of history on the edge of the country" - legal foundation and the Richtersveld community's title to land (part 1)




The people of the Richtersveld, their land and their history could hardly be a more obvious symbol for a well-worn academic theme, the centrality of the margin. The supreme court of appeal recognised this when acknowledging, as part of its contribution to resolving the land claim dispute between the Richtersveld people and the state-held diamond-mining company Alexkor, that these people for centuries had lived "in the margins of history on the edge of the country". This was a land and a people of almost no concern to an occidental settler civilisation, so-called, until a part of it became of intense if rather narrowly focused interest when diamonds were discovered there in the early twentieth century.


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