Beckmann and Wiber - Chapter 11
'The Tragedy of the Private'
Owners, Communities and the State in South Africa's Land Reform Programme
distribution of property, as many of the papers in the present volume
suggest, lies at the heart of debates over equity and social justice.
This is particularly true at moments of political change when former
property regimes are critically scrutinised and reforms proposed. In
such settings, a debate of several centuries' standing is continually
replayed: between those viewing private property rights as the
foundation of society's economic and civil order and those advocating
the restriction of private property in order to secure it for the