Land expropriation without compensation is one of the most complicated political matters facing our country at the moment. To better understand the buzz surrounding this intricate issue, HCA hosted Professor Ruth Hall from the Centre for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) on Thursday 3 May.
Prof. Hall lectures at the University of the Western Cape and is a web-journalist for News24. As she is not aligned with any political organizations, she was able to offer an extremely factual, unbiased overview of the issue and dealt excellently with numerous questions from the pupils in attendance.
The discussion focused on the financial and historical value of property in both urban and rural lands, as well as the various political contexts that have lead to the rise of the contentious issue.
A considerable number of pupils, including a contingent from the POC forum attended this event. All left with a lot to consider about our country’s history and socio-economic landscape.
Nadia Odendaal, Grade 11