Journal of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research


This research examines South African history, beginning with it as a colonial entity up until its inception as a democratic state, and how it works in conjunction with the land reform debate. This paper addresses arguments of South Africa's colonial history, analyzes policy making during the apartheid era, and traces the steps taken towards becoming a democracy. Furthermore, it places special attention to how actions mandated by the apartheid government, and legislation from this time period, are currently affecting the debate at hand. It then addresses the current debates on land reform and some social implications that come along with its implementation. By tracing the land reform debate through the lens of South African history, this research makes the critical connection of the present debate to the past and how implications of this policy stem from an equally important historical context.

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