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

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Aninka Claassens, Ben Cousins
Ohio University Press, 2008 - History - 392 pages
Land tenure rights are a burning issue in South Africa, as in Africa more widely. Land, Power, and Custom explores the implications of the controversial 2004 Communal Land Rights Act, criticized for reinforcing the apartheid power structure and ignoring the interests of the common people. This compilation of essays and case studies written by experts navigates through competing viewpoints to discuss the tensions between the new democratic government and traditional tribal leaders, the land rights of affected yet isolated or marginalized groups, and concerns about the constitutionality of the CLRA itself.

A DVD accompanying the book contains the affidavits of four communities challenging the Act, pleadings, hearings, and submissions, as well as the entire body of South African legislation involved in this challenge, dating back to the late nineteenth century.

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Contents

dilemmas of communal tenure
3
The Act and the legislative procedure
33
the Communal Land
72
Copyright

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

Ben Cousins holds a chair in development management at the University of the Western Cape, and is director of the Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLASS).

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