The Heat: South Africa land reform & the passing of Winnie Mandela

The Heat

South Africa is still dealing with an issue years after apartheid ended in 1994 – land reform.Most of the land in the black majority country continues to be owned by whites but now, South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, says he will speed up the process of land reform and resolve the issue once and for all.

Parliament has already passed a motion to allow a change to the constitution. The proposal is under review but, if it moves forward, it will permit the transfer of land now owned by whites to black owners. It’s being called – expropriation without compensation.

The prospect of this happening is raising concerns about its legality. And there are also questions about the potential impact on race relations and the economy in South Africa.

CGTN’s Yolisa Njamela reports from Johannesburg.

To discuss:

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela played a major role in the fight against apartheid in South Africa particularly during those years when her husband Nelson Mandela was locked up in prison. Often referred to as the Mother of the Nation, she passed away earlier this month.

To discuss:

  • Ebrahim Rasool is a former South African Ambassador to the United States.


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