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Paying for the Past: Redressing the Legacy of Land
Dispossession in South Africa




Bernadette Atuahene


     The constitution of South Africa mandates equitable redress for individuals
     and communities evicted from their properties during colonialism and
     apartheid. The Commission on Restitution of Land Rights’ institution-wide
     assumption is that the financial awards given as equitable redress had no
     long-term economic impact on recipients because the money is gone
     and they are still in poverty, whereas if people had received land, the eco-
     nomic impact would have been lasting. Consequently, in recent years, the
     commission has adopted a policy of using its soft power to force claimants
     to choose land restitution instead of financial awards. However, the inter-
     views I conducted with financial award recipients show that in 30 percent
     of the cases, the award d
								
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