The Urban Land Question

Shandu, M. et al. (2014) The Urban Land Question, in Leyba, J. (ed.) The People’s Law Journal, Issue 2, September 2014.



Most of the national debate around land injustice focuses on rural land and the slow progress of restitution of the vast tracts of land owned by mainly white farmers, corporations, and the state.

While this remains an important and unresolved injustice, the majority of people in South Africa live in its cities. Here, although apartheid spatial planning has formally ended, people are still struggling with its legacy. South African cities remain largely untransformed. Despite the Constitutional Right to housing and equality, poor and working class people still live on the outskirts of the city, far away from work opportunities, subjected to inadequate housing and violent evictions.

This crisis calls for radical policy and action from our metros. This edition of the PLJ helps to present a few areas relating to the urban land question. It explores the law on housing in a simple and straightforward way, together with articles on evictions, the sale of state land and opportunities for expropriation and densification. It is hoped that it will be used by activists and social movements to forward the struggle for urban land justice and equality.

To access the report in full, download The People’s Law Journal, Issue 2.

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Publication Type Report
Publisher Ndifuna Ukwazi
Year 2014
Author(s) Shandu, M. et al.
Editor(s) Leyba, J.
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