Give farmers ownership rights

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Terence Corrigan is project manager at the SA Institute of Race Relations
Terence Corrigan is project manager at the SA Institute of Race Relations

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It has for years been government policy to retain “redistributed” land as state property. When Limpopo farmer David Rakgase took the state to court to demand that it honour an agreement to sell him the state-owned farm he was working, the state’s papers were clear: “[Redistribution rests on the] principle that black farming households and communities may obtain 30-year leases, renewable for a further 20 years, before the state will consider transferring ownership to them.”

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