LANDBACK in South Africa: When, How, and For Whom?



In a previous conversation (cf. The Funambulist podcast and The Funambulist 30 Reparations), Tshepo Madlingozi had told us the Truth and Reconciliation process initiated in 1996 in South Africa consists essentially in recalibrating its settler colonial conditions. This second conversation allows us to go further in this claim and discuss the issues related specifically to land (dispossession, restitution, redistribution), as well as the complex uses and misuses of concepts such as Ubuntu and indigeneity in “the country with no name.”

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Settler property gate in South Africa. / Photo by Geoff Sperring (2018).