Amanda Watson
News Editor
4 minute read
4 Dec 2019
6:00 am

Land redistribution seems set to follow Zimbabwe example

Amanda Watson

Land earmarked for redistribution mostly ends up in the hands of state bureaucrats and the politically powerful – as in Zimbabwe, a report says.

A farmer seeding a land. Picture: AFP

History could be repeating itself as South Africa’s land redistribution heads down the same road as Zimbabwe – where it was the politically connected elite who benefited from land taken from white farmers. Land redistribution in South Africa is in deep trouble, with a large proportion of beneficiaries being the financial and politically connected elite, a report released by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (Plaas) has shown. This is what happened in Zimbabwe in the wake of seizures of land from white farmers, which began in 2000. Many of the farms taken ended up in the hands...