n AfricaGrowth Agenda - Does the Communal Land Rights Act really protect the rights of rural women to own land?

Volume 2009, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1811-5187


Land is unquestionably one of the most fundamental resources with regards to self sustainability and development. Despite the importance of land, many women are not allowed to acquire land under the customary tenure system. In South Africa, customary and statutory tenure co-exist. Even though the South African Constitution (Act 108 of 1996) entrenches the principle of nondiscrimination in section 9, women continue to be victims of unfair discrimination under both tenure systems. As Trevor Manuel pointed out this is unacceptable as rural women produce about 80% of the food growth in Africa but own just 2% of all agricultural land and only 1% of agricultural credit (Manuel 2007:2).

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