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African Land—a History of Dispossession

T. W. Bennett

in Southern Cross

Published in print November 1996 | ISBN: 9780198260875
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682162 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260875.003.0003
African Land—a History of Dispossession

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Property holding is a direct index of power and wealth. A telling indication of the poverty and powerlessness of Africans in South Africa is that they have title to only 13% of the country's total land area, of which only one-third is subject to indigenous tenures. This chapter presents a history of South African land law, which details how African lands were appropriated by white settlers and how the local systems of landholding were replaced with European tenures.

Keywords: South African land law; property holding; landholding; tenures

Chapter.  16268 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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