At the time of Zimbabwe’s independence and the end of the South African Apartheid, a racially skewed land ownership had developed. Once the black dominant governments came into power in each country, land reform became a priority. Each country’s land reform involved multiple parties that have opposing interests. Reflecting on this complexity, multiple attempts to amend land reform approaches have been made over time. This paper focuses on 1980-1990 for Zimbabwe and on 1994-2004 for South Africa. These periods mark these countries’ first decade of land reform and represent eras when both employed a market-based approach commonly known as the ‘willing buyer, willing seller’ policy (James, 2007). Looking at these specific periods shows how policy credibility is decisive. The paper contends that the degree of credibility in terms of the commitment to abide by the promised path of land directly affected the decisiveness of policy outcomes.
How to Cite:
Lee, J.A., 2012. Credibility in Land Reform Policy in South Africa and Zimbabwe. The Public Sphere: Journal of Public Policy, 1(1), pp.107–115.