In South Africa today, 72% of the country’s arable land belongs to whites, who account for only 9% of the total population. In this in-depth essay, Ariel Levy aptly navigates current political debates around land reform. The vast disparity in land ownership between blacks and whites has become a hotly contested political issue, she reports. While the radical left calls for the nationalization of the country’s farmlands, far-right groups warn of the impending mass expropriation of white farmers. Meanwhile, moderates look for alternative ways to lift the country’s millions of poor blacks out of poverty.
About the Author
Ariel Levy is an American author and staff writer at The New Yorker magazine.