South Africa: land reform surely not the answer

A leader in yesterday’s Financial Times calls upon President Zuma to act decisively to prevent Eugene Terre’Blanche’s death opening up rifts in South Africa’s fragile polity. I couldn’t agree more – but the FT’s logic is difficult to follow when it urges Mr Zuma to renew efforts at land reform as a means of giving hope to the South African poor.

Len Shackleton is an Editorial and Research Fellow at the IEA and Professor of Economics at the University of Buckingham. He was previously Dean of the Royal Docks Business School at the University of East London and prior to that was Dean of the Westminster Business School. He has also taught at Queen Mary, University of London and worked as an economist in the Civil Service. His research interests are primarily in the economics of labour markets. He has worked with many think tanks, most closely with the Institute of Economic Affairs, where he is an Economics Fellow. He edits the journal Economic Affairs, which is co-published by the IEA and the University of Buckingham.