Conference takes vox pop on land issues

Published by Rebecca on Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:15

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Public opinion took centre stage at one of the many morning sessions on the last day of Land Divided 2013, a conference hosted by Stellenbosch University (SU), the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) at UCT this week.

Charl Swart, a graduate student at Stellenbosch, presented findings from three recent studies on South Africans’ opinions on land reform. The biggest difference, Swart showed, were between black and white South Africans’ opinions on whether landowners who dispute land claims are racist, or a barrier to transformation. Interestingly, the same studies showed little disparity in opinion between these groups when posed with another scenario: whether landowners who dispute land claims by going to court are fairly using their rights afforded to them by the Constitution. (They are, both groups agreed.)

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