Contextualising the controversies: dilemmas of communal tenure reform in post-apartheid South Africa

August 2008
Introduction to Aninka Claassens and Ben Cousins, Land, Power & Custom: Controversies generated by South Africa’s Communal Land Rights Act (Juta Publishing, Cape Town, 2008)

Includes the legacies of colonial and apartheid rule; policy dilemmas; key controversies – private ownership or customary land rights?; the nature and content of ‘customary’ land rights; transforming gender inequalities; land rights, authority and accountability; processural or rule-bound versions of ‘customary’ law; was the appropriate procedure followed in enacting the Communal Land Rights Act?