While I understand there may be a need to address the years of unfair control by the white population, taking land without compensation is not the answer. It leads to distrust in the government by all, indicates people have nothing without government permission, and will lead to economic instability. If the government feels there is truly a need for expropriation of land – they need to offer just compensation. This also demonstrates that when the black populations obtains land – they will know it is their land and will not be taken by the government at a later date.
The debate about land redistribution in South Africa has been a passionate one, as many South African cities face a housing crunch that has left hundreds of thousands of people living in informal settlements. Just as this debate is starting to reach a fever pitch, one South African city, Ekurhuleni, is about to embark on what mayor Mzwandile Masina calls “a test case” for the nation: the government is going to seize hundreds of acres of land, from white citizens without paying for it, to build low-cost housing.