Director, Land & Accountability Research Centre (LARC) in the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town
Aninka Claassens is director of the Land & Accountability Research Centre (LARC) in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town. She has been a land activist in South Africa for many years. She worked with communities who were resisting forced removals and farm evictions during the 1980s as part of the Transvaal Rural Action Committee (TRAC), a project of the Black Sash. She was a senior researcher at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at Wits from 1990-1996, during which time she was a technical advisor (land rights) to the Constitutional Assembly. She was an advisor to the Ministry of Land Affairs from 1996-1999. She has provided expert support in a number of Constitutional Court cases about land rights, gender equality and traditional leadership. Aninka was a member of the High Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and the Acceleration of Fundamental Change chaird by former President Kgalema Motlanthe during 2016 and 2017. She chaired the land subcomponent of the panel. Aninka holds a PhD in Development Studies and has published widely on issues of land rights, women’s land rights in customary systems, customary law and power relations in the former homelands.