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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Business Day by Karyn Maughan.]

Justice Edwin Cameron’s last ruling as a judge of the Constitutional Court was not just about ensuring that an estimated 11,000 labour tenant farmers may finally have their two-decade-old land claims processed, it is yet another glaring mark on the government’s failure to make land reform a reality for poor black farmers.

“At issue are not only the lives and wellbeing of those claiming the betterment of their lives as labour tenants,” Cameron wrote in a majority ruling delivered earlier this week.

“At issue is the entire project of land reform and restitution that our country promised to fulfil when first the interim constitution came into effect, in 1994, and after it the constitution, in 1997.”

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.1% y/y in September 2019 (CPI) & +4.1 y/y in September 2019 (PPI)
3.1% q/q (2nd quarter of 2019)
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