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The latest economic freedom report shows a worrying decline of property rights in SA

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Property rights are important for an immeasurable number of social and moral reasons. Picture: iStock
Property rights are important for an immeasurable number of social and moral reasons. Picture: iStock

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Last week, the Fraser Institute, a Canadian think-tank, confirmed what many of us already know – property rights in South Africa are in serious trouble.

Of the 42 indices that the Economic Freedom of the World report measures, South Africa’s score has quickly declined in the area that is arguably the most important for a functioning and prosperous nation: the protection of property rights.

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