n Law, Democracy & Development - The right of access to land and its implementation in Southern Africa : a comparative study of South Africa and Zimbabwe land reform laws and programmes




South Africa and Zimbabwe share a common history of colonisation and land dispossession that resulted in the bulk of the agricultural land being owned by a minority settler group. In both countries the colonial state confined the indigenous African people to reserves consisting largely of barren land or areas with poor rainfall patterns while the more fertile land was allocated to white settlers for commercial agriculture. The struggle for liberation from colonial and apartheid domination in South Africa and from colonial and minority rule in Zimbabwe was partly based on the objective of regaining the land.


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