give title to the native? but then how will you dispossess him?


Tying up forever a large territory for the use of Kafirs in small bits each big enough to support a man and his family … to tie up the man whose labour is worth more elsewhere .. Does it not strike you as rather a waste of both the man and the ground? … Why give him legal title? And how will you dispossess him afterwards?

The evidence of Commissioner Hamilton to the South African Native Affairs Commission, 1903-5 (quoted in Martin Chanock, The Making of a South African Legal Culture, 2001, p. 379).

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