South Africa farm murders: Land distribution issues explained

IT’S an issue that has led to fears of chaos ravaging South Africa, with Australia even offering to fast-track humanitarian visas for persecuted white farmers.

But the incendiary issue of land reform is as vast and complex as South Africa itself. So complex that the final two words in the nation’s anthem — “our land” — show how sensitive it is.

The issue raised its head again in South Africa in February this year, when Julius Malema, the ever-controversial leader of the radical political party Economic Freedom Fighters, tabled a motion in parliament to allow the seizing of land without compensation.

Debates immediately broke out among politicians, members of the media and ordinary citizens, on the internet, on radio and television stations, and in offices and backyards throughout the…

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