Prof finds fault with AgriSA land audit

Land and agrarian studies professor Ruth Hall has raised concerns with the methodology used by AgriSA in their land audit.

The farming body launched its national land audit on Tuesday, a day after the controversial 'Black Monday' demonstrations against farm killings.

The report attempts to provide an audit of land ownership in South Africa according to race.

The audit apparently shows that black South Africans own more than a quarter of the country’s farmland.

However, Hall has questioned how AgriSA reached their findings.

She says an increasing portion of farm land and urban property is owned by companies - to which they cannot ascribe race.

She also called into questions how AgriSA racially identified property owners - by the name on the title dead.

It's hard to tell [how well Agrisa on the audit] because we can't see their methodology. They only tell us what they found.

Ruth Hall, Associate Professor at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies   

They went through the deeds registry and looked at everyone whose acquired property. They looked at their names then guessed their race. I'm not sure that's quite an adequate method.

Ruth Hall, Associate Professor at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies   

There's one fatal flaw. They have collapsed land owned by black South Africans with land owned by the State.

Ruth Hall, Associate Professor at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies   

AgriSA's land audit compiled data from 1994 to 2017.

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