PROMISED LAND, exploring South Africa's land confict

: Kemp (K.)

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350pp., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2020

Journalist and lawyer Karl Kemp documents the effects of failing land reform throughout South Africa. He offers a brief history of land conflict and conquest in each area he visits and discusses the current situation and reports of recent land invasions, with perspectives from land activists, property owners and government officials. He also looks at the issues surrounding the land debate – corruption, farm murders, illegal foreign labour, mechanisation and eviction. 

"Kemp makes sense of the land conflict in a way I've not come across, closely attending to the history of possession and dispossession...This is a book that all truth-seeking South Africans should read." Eben Venter, author of Trencherman and Wolf, Wolf

Karl Kemp has written for various publications, including Rolling Stone and VICE. After completing his law degree at the University of Amsterdam he worked at the International Criminal Court and as a legal researcher on the Syrian civil war.