South Africa Reviews Traditional Courts Bill


While supporters of the bill say it will serve to harmonise customary law with common law, there is also concern that it would entrench a patriarchal system and discriminate against gays and lesbians.
  • South Africa:  Traditional Courts Bill a Step Backwards for Women's Empowerment

    Gender Links, 27 September 2012

    September marks the annual Heritage Month in South Africa. Heritage month celebrates and affirm individual and collective cultural, traditional and ethnic diversities. It also ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Traditional Courts - Whose Bill Is It Anyway?

    Daily Maverick, 20 September 2012

    Halfway through public hearings on the Traditional Courts Bill, it's clear that practically everyone other than the Justice Department and traditional leaders consider it to be ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Women Told Their Comments On Traditional Courts Bill Are Not Welcome

    West Cape News, 20 September 2012

    Activists attending the public hearings on the controversial Traditional Courts Bill in Parliament were shocked yesterday when women were told debate and comment on the Bill were ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Traditional Courts Bill Unconstitutional - Xingwana

    West Cape News, 20 September 2012

    The controversial Traditional Courts Bill was slammed by Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana during public hearings in Parliament today. read more »

  • South Africa:  Traditional Courts Bill Criticised in Parliament

    West Cape News, 18 September 2012

    The National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) has indicated that traditional courts will continue to operate as normal whether or not the controversial Traditional Courts Bill ... read more »

  • South Africa:  'Traditional Courts Bill' Impairs Rights of 12 Million Rural Women

    Inter Press Service, 28 May 2012

    The Traditional Courts Bill currently under discussion in South Africa's parliament and due to be enacted by the end of 2012 could undermine the basic rights of some of the ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Traditional Courts Bill to Be Reviewed

    SAnews.gov.za, 1 August 2012

    The Traditional Courts Bill is in for an overhaul, says Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana. read more »

  • South Africa:  Traditional Courts Bill - Minister Favouring Traditional Leaders Above Women's Rights

    Democratic Alliance, 31 August 2012

    On 18 May 2012 it was reported that Justice Minister Jeff Radebe agreed that some aspects of the Traditional Courts Bill "may infringe on the rights of women and affect gender ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Traditional Courts Bill - ANC Bowing to Pressure From Traditional Leaders

    Democratic Alliance, 26 August 2012

    At the beginning of Women's Month, Minister Lulu Xingwana announced with a bang that Justice Minister Jeff Radebe had agreed that the Traditional Courts Bill did not pass ... read more »

  • South Africa:  DA Welcomes Traditional Courts Bill 'Overhaul'

    Democratic Alliance, 2 August 2012

    The DA welcomes yesterday's announcement by the Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana that, after discussions with the Minister of Justice, the ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Minister Must Declare Position On Traditional Courts Bill

    Democratic Alliance, 19 September 2012

    The DA shares the concerns of the Alliance for Rural Democracy regarding the shambolic processing of the Traditional Courts Bill by the NCOP. It is clear that the Minister of ... read more »

  • South Africa:  DA Rejects Traditional Courts Bill Which Reinforces Apartheid-Era Homelands System

    Democratic Alliance, 24 May 2012

    The Traditional Courts Bill was reintroduced unchanged to the National Council of Provinces this year despite having been withdrawn after its initial introduction in 2008 following ... read more »

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