South Africa Is Not Your Cautionary Tale

On this episode of The Imagine Athena Podcast, Candice Holdsworth and contributing editor Robin Gilbert Jones discuss the recent Land Reform Bill, which is currently making its way through the South African parliament. The bill calls for expropriation of land without compensation, a policy that would be ruinous for the South African economy.

South Africa does have problems of historic inequality that need to be addressed, people are still suffering from the legacy of Apartheid, but this is not the route to go down. Land reform of this kind has never worked in any country that has tried it.

They also discuss how South African politics is misrepresented in the international press on both ends of the political spectrum, left and right. British journalist Katie Hopkins’s recent sojourn in South Africa being a case in point. Robin and Candice are dual nationals and have spent their lives living between South Africa and England and have lots of bitter personal experience dealing with misperceptions of South Africa.

Also available on iTunes here.

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