South Africans Take Fight Against Rural Leaders to Ramaphosa
Rural communities across the country have marched to the Union Buildings demanding more land rights and for President Cyril Ramaphosa not to sign into law two key bills affecting them. The Traditional Courts Bill proposes the enforcement of customary law in rural communities and contains a list of prohibited customs and practices that infringes on the dignity, equality and freedom of LGBTQ people, those who are mentally or physically disabled and discriminates against persons with albinism and unmarried people. Meanwhile, the Traditional Khoisan Leadership Bill faces opposition due to the fact that it "will give overdue recognition to the Khoi and San communities" because it "poses a serious threat to rural democracy for South Africa's rural citizens in the former Bantustans (homelands)," according to the Land Accountability Research Centre.
Daily Maverick, 5 June 2019
Rural communities across the country marched to the Union Buildings on Wednesday to demand more land rights and for President Cyril Ramaphosa not to sign into law two key bills… Read more »
Members of the National House of Traditional Leaders and guests arrive at the Old Chambers in Parliament for the official opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders (file photo).
Daily Maverick, 25 April 2019
Several bills before Parliament will entrench the colonial and apartheid-era powers given to often-illegitimate traditional leaders to exert absolute sway over their 'subjects'.… Read more »
South Africa: We Want More Money - KZN Traditional Leaders
News24Wire, 19 September 2018
KwaZulu-Natal traditional leaders are not happy about the monthly "stipend" they receive from the government, saying that it's not enough for them to support their families. Read more »
The Conversation Africa, 4 April 2017
South Africa's revised Traditional Courts Bill makes a valiant attempt at resolving the concerns raised about the unconstitutionality of the previous draft. Yet, it stops short of… Read more »
South Africa: Traditional Courts Bill - What's Changed?
News24Wire, 23 January 2017
The new Traditional Courts Bill has been redrafted to address fears that it gives traditional leaders too much power and women not enough, Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffery said… Read more »
South African minister, Lulu Xingwana, has stated that women should not fear voicing their opinions about the Traditional Courts Bill in public hearings currently underway. Read more »