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Land, Memory, Reconstruction, and Justice: Perspectives on Land Claims in South Africa

Land, Memory, Reconstruction, and Justice: Perspectives on Land Claims in South Africa


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Land is a significant and controversial topic in South Africa. Addressing the land claims of those dispossessed in the past has proved to be a demanding, multidimensional process. In many respects the land restitution program that was launched as part of the county's transition to democracy in 1994 has failed to meet expectations, with ordinary citizens, policymakers, and analysts questioning not only its progress but also its outcomes and parameters.

Land, Memory, Reconstruction, and Justice brings together a wealth of topical material and case studies by leading experts in the field who present a rich mix of perspectives from politics, sociology, geography, social anthropology, law, history, and agricultural economics. The collection addresses both the material and the symbolic dimensions of land claims, in rural and urban contexts, and explores the complex intersection of issues confronting the restitution program, from the promotion of livelihoods to questions of rights, identity, and transitional justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821419274
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 08/17/2010
Edition description: 1
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Cherryl Walker is a professor and the head of the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Stellenbosch. She was the Regional Land Claims Commissioner in KwaZulu-Natal from 1995 to 2000. She is the author of Women and Resistance in South Africa.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Abbreviations xi

Introduction Cherryl Walker Anna Bohlin Ruth Hall Thembela Kepe 1

Part 1 Contextual, Comparative, and Legal Prespectives

1 Reconciling the Past, Present, and Future

The Parameters and Practices of Land Restitution in South Africa Ruth Hall 17

2 Giving Land Back or Righting Wrongs?

Comparative Issues in the Study of Land Restitution Derick Fay Deborah James 41

3 Change through Jurisprudence

The Role of the Courts in Broadening the Scope of Restitution Hanri Mostert 61

Part 2 Restitution Voices: Memory, Contestation, Reconstruction

4 Urban Restitution Narratives

Black River, Cape Town Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie 83

5 The Right to Land Restitution as Inspiration for Mobilization Marc Wegerif 100

6 Choosing Cash over Land in Kalk Bay and Knysna

The Time Factor in Urban Land Claims Anna Bohlin 116

7 Securing Postsettlement Support toward Sustainable Restitution

Lessons from Covie Angela Conway Tim Xipu 131

Part 3 Restituting Community: Politics, Identity, Development

8 Acrimonious Stakeholder Politics

Reconciliation and Redevelopment in District Six Christiaan Beyers 143

9 "Model Tribes" and Iconic Conservationists?

Tracking the Makuleke Restitution Case in Kruger National Park Steven Robins Kees van der Waal 163

10 The ≠ Khomani San Land Claim against the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park

Requiring and Acquiring Authenticity William Ellis 181

11 The Ambiguties of Using Betterment Restitution as a Vehicle for Development

An Eastern Cape Case Study Chris de Wet Eric Mgujulwa 198

12 Land Restitution and Community Politics

The Case of Roosboom in Kwazulu-Natal Chizuko Sato 215

Part 4 Restitution Policy: Limits and Possibilities

13 Land Claims and Comanagement of Protected Areas in South Africa

Exploring the Challenges Thembela Kepe 235

14 Restitution in Default

Land Claims and the Redevelopment of Cato Manor, Durban Cherryl Walker 255

15 Unfinished Business

The Role of Governmental Institutions after Restitution of Land Rights Alan Dodson 273

16 Restitution, Agriculture, and Livelihoods

National Debates and Case Studies from Limpopo Province Michael Aliber Themba Maluleke Mpfariseni Thagwana Tshililo Manenzhe 288

17 Strategic Questions about Strategic Partners

Challenges and Pitfalls in South Africa's New Model of Land Restitution Bill Derman Edward Lahiff Espen Sjaastad 306

Contributors 325

Index 328

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