Land, Power and Custom: Controversies Generated by South Africa's Communal Land Rights Act

Land, Power and Custom: Controversies Generated by South Africa's Communal Land Rights Act

By: South Africa's Communal Land Rights Act (author), Ben Cousins (editor), Aninka Claassens (editor)Paperback

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Land is a burning issue in South Africa, as in Africa more widely. One particularly controversial aspect is reform of land tenure in the former homelands. This book is written from research generated in the course of preparing a legal challenge to the constitutionality of the Communal Land Rights Act of 2004. It combines chapters on land tenure, customary law, history and land reform and detailed case studies collected from rural communities. They explain the impact that provisions of the Act will have on current problems, that they will introduce new forms of conflict and instability, and entrench distortions that derive from colonialism and apartheid. The DVD contains affidavits and historical and current Acts pertaining to this case.

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Aninka Claassens is a land rights activist and researcher and writer on land rights and customary tenure.


Contextualising the controversies: dilemmas of communal tenure reform in post-apartheid South Africa; An overview of the Communal Land Rights Act 11 of 2004; Tagging the Bill, gagging the provinces: the Communal Land Rights Act in Parliament; The nature of land rights under indigenous law in Africa; Characterising 'communal' tenure: nested systems and flexible boundaries; 'Official' vs 'living' customary law: dilemmas of description and recognition; Women, land and power: the impact of the Communal Land Rights Act; Custom-building freehold title: the impact of family values on historical ownership in the Eastern Cape; Contested terrain: land rights and chiefly power in historical perspective; Chiefs and the ANC in South Africa: the reconstruction of tradition?; Power, accountability and apartheid borders: the impact of recent laws on struggles over land rights; The Kalkfontein land purchases: eighty years on and still struggling for ownership; Stealing restitution and selling land allocations: Dixie, Mayaeyane and Makuleke; Customary law and zones of chiefly sovereignty: the impact of government policy on whose voices prevail in the making and changing of customary law; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/07/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781919895505
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 408
  • ID: 9781919895505
  • weight: 710
  • ISBN10: 1919895507

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