In an era of virulent and sensational news, stories surrounding the plight of white South African farmers and how their land is being forcibly taken from them – through the process of land expropriation without compensation – have been emerging. Some argue that these land grabs, enacted by the government, aim to drive South Africa’s white population out of the country. This podcast seeks to address the question of land reform in South Africa, examining expropriation without compensation. In this it hopes to explain what South Africa’s land reform is one of the favorite talking points of far-right groups.
To Dr Femke Brandt, Post-Doctoral fellow, University of Johannesburg for agreeing to participate in the podcast and sharing her expertise with me on the subject.
To Dr Illan Wall, Reader, School of Law, University of Warwick for being such a dedicated lecturer and enabling us to take part in such interesting projects.
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