When the post-apartheid government came into power, and a new constitution came into play, all citizens of the country were given certain rights, including the right to own land. These reforms clearly benefited ambitious blacks such as Petrus, who were no longer forced to eek out a living working for someone else, but could own and farm their own property.
However, the issue of the continued white ownership of land became something of a flashpoint, particularly in rural areas. While any racial group had been given the right to own land, they couldn't simply sweep in and seize the land, even if it was seized from them in the first place, as the formal procedure had to be followed. This procedure has contributed to an atmosphere of impatience; an impatience, which when combined with a desire for retribution, has led to high rates of violence being reported with white farmers as the target. This violence has led to concerns that South Africa would become the new Zimbabwe.