Fact Check: Popular social media post on land ownership by race

Fact Check: Popular social media post on land ownership by race

- South Africa is slowly making its way towards green-lighting land expropriation without compensation

- The anticipated move has seen many citizens sharing posts to social media to raise awareness

- Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind a popular post claiming to portray the amount of land owned by different races in SA

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South Africa is inching its way towards legalising land expropriation without compensation.

With the movement calling for the government to approve the pending bill, citizens have been buzzing over land ownership in the country.

Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind a post claiming to summarize the quantity of land owned by various racial demographics.

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A Facebook post has been doing the rounds claiming that the following races own certain percentages of land in South Africa:

  • 'Whites': 72%
  • 'Indians': 16%
  • 'Coloureds': 5%
  • 'Blacks': 4%

Africa Check reports that the statistics above were taken from the state's land audit report, which was released two years ago.

However, the social media post confuses individual ownership of farmland with the ownership of all land.

The audit had excluded land owned by companies, trusts and the government. White citizens were found in the audit to own 72% of all agricultural land, but all land in its entirety.

In addition to this, the population numbers used in the audit were based on outdated data from 2015, leaving even more room for error.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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