Symbolic support for land reform as a redress policy in South Africa

1.    Benjamin Roberts
Chief Research Specialist, Human Sciences Research Council
2.    Narnia Bohler-Muller
Executive Director, Human Sciences Research Council
3.    Jarè Struwig
Chief Research Manager, Human Sciences Research Council
4.    Thobeka Radebe

Doctoral researcher, Human Sciences Research Council
Persisting inequalities in access to, and ownership of, land in South Africa remains a critical challenge that infringes on human dignity, rights and security. Recognising this, the ongoing debates and recent public hearings relating to land reform policy in the country are crucial from a social and restorative justice as well as development perspective. Therefore, ensuring that the voices of are heard and effectively shape the legislative and policy choices made around the redistribution of land is of paramount importance.

Against this backdrop, HSRC researchers used data from the South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS) to explore differentials in support for land reform, as a means of determining the extent to which there exists a consensual viewpoint of this policy issue.

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