John Klaasen, “The Last Strandloper”
Communities of the Western Cape are not all buying the premise of the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill, which proposes different forms of recognition for Khoi-San traditional communities and those in the former Bantustans.
Participants at public hearings last week at Swellendam and Oudtshoorn largely welcomed the proposal of the Bill, which allows for the first time for formal recognition of Khoi and San traditional communities.
But land for Khoi-San people quickly emerged as a missing element in the draft proposed to consolidate and update legislation giving effect to the Constitution’s recognition of traditional leadership. …More »
The first public hearing on the contested Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill (TKLB) was abandoned in Kimberley on Thursday when MPs failed to arrive.
About 350 people from surrounding communities did arrive in time for the scheduled 10am start of the hearing in the RC Elliot Hall in Kimberley’s Galeshewe township, but found there were too few chairs, no sound system in place and no MPs present from the National Assembly’s portfolio committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs. …More »
The chairperson of parliament’s portfolio committee on traditional affairs said on the eve of public hearings on the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill (TKLB) that he was open to a radical review of the government’s draft.
Richard Mdakane said in an interview at Parliament his committee would be willing even to challenge the reaffirmation of former homeland geographic borders and imposed traditional authority, as proposed in the TKLB.
“We are lawmakers really. We should be able to amend any Bill,” he said. …More »
The Bapo Ba Mogale Traditional Council on Thursday (19 October) refused to readmit two elected councillors whose two-year suspension was recently ruled “irrational and procedurally unfair”.
SOME royal houses in the Eastern Cape have congratulated the amaRharhabe kingdom after the Gauteng High Court ruled in their favour over the restoration of the kingdom.