Land and Accountability Research Centre | Land Portal | Securing Land Rights Through Open Data
Focal point: 
Aninka Claassens
Phone number: 
+27 21 650 3288


85 Durban Rd, Mowbray
7700 Cape Town
South Africa
Postal address: 
Land and Accountability Research Centre (LARC) Levels 3 and 4, All Africa House Middle Campus, University of Cape Town Rondebosch, 7701
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LARC is a research and advocacy unit within the Law Department of the University of Cape Town concerned with power relations, and the impact of national laws and policy in framing the balance of patriarchal and autocratic power within which rural women and men struggle for democratic change at the local level. There has recently been a push from government to introduce laws and policies giving traditional leaders unaccountable powers over “subjects” living in the former homeland areas of South Africa. The objective is to hold back traditional leadership laws that threaten rural democracy and propose alternative laws and policies that promote rural democracy and are consistent with living law. 

LARC grew out out of the Rural Women’s Action Research unit (RWAR) of the Centre for Law and Society (CLS). 

Land and Accountability Research Centre Resources

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Reports & Research
November 2017
South Africa

The pleas of thousands of rural people who made difficult journeys to attend public hearings across the country are largely ignored in the amended version of the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill set to be adopted by the National Assembly this week.

Reports & Research
November 2017
South Africa

Farmers’ interest group AgriSA last week released its own land audit. This filled in a major blank in the land reform and policy field: How many black emerging farmers have bought farms outside government’s land reform programme? We now have a part answer: they bought 4.3 million hectares.  Other findings from this study are contested and methodological flaws are highlighted.

Reports & Research
September 2016
South Africa

This LARC factsheet highlights lack of requirements for community consultation, lack of sanction if a Traditional Council does not keep proper records and the inadequate controls on Traditional Council's prerorgative to enter into agreements and partnerships which can facilitate elite capture of mineral resource benefits 'for the benefit of communities'.

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