OBF2022: Getting Real About Land
This is a recording of a live event that took place at the Open Book Festival in March 2022 in Cape Town.
In this conversation, Andries du Toit, Tembeka Ngcukaitobi and Mpho Raboeane speak to Katlego Ramantsima about the real politics of land.
This event was created in partnership with PLAAS, and made possible by the support of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, as well as the Heinrich Boell Foundation.
Andries du Toit is the Director of the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape. He holds a PhD in Comparative Studies from the University of Essex. His research focuses on developing a critical understanding of the politics of knowledge production in the government of poverty and marginal livelihoods.
Tembeka Ngcukaitobi is a South African attorney and currently serves as an advocate of the high court. In 2019, the Johannesburg bar nominated him to senior counsel. He is considered one of the country’s most brilliant advocates after playing a crucial role in the former president Jacob Zuma’s scandal.
Mpho Raboeane is an attorney at Ndifuna Ukwazi, specialising in constitutional law and human rights litigation. She is passionate about building people's power through education and political conscientisation.
Katlego Ramantsima has been a researcher at PLAAS since 2018. Before this, Katlego worked as an Assistant Researcher for the Mining and Rural Transformation in Southern Africa (MARTISA) Project at the Society, Work and Politics Institute (SWOP), Wits University. She investigated issues about rural poverty and legally insecure systems of ‘customary’ tenure under the local administrative control of traditional authorities. Her research interests lie in the fields of resource-based development, industrial relations, trade and industrial policy, communal land rights, land reform, political economy, urban regeneration, and rural social change.