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NCOP allows more time for comment on traditional leadership Bill

23 Oct 2017

The National Council of Provinces has extended the deadline for comment on the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill by a further week to November 3. (Call for comment)

This is an important opportunity for rural people most likely to be affected by the Bill to explain why they do not agree with the drafters that it is a purely technical amendment.

The NCOP’s Select Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) has also released a schedule of public engagements on this Bill and, simultaneously, on the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill. See the programme here.

LARC has explained in previous posts why the Bill matters. Read our most recent post here.

Submissions should be sent to Mr Moses Manele  at Parliament by November 3. His email address is: tmmanele@nullparliament.gov.za

NCOP extends deadline for comment on traditional councils Bill

19 Oct 2017| by Brendan Boyle

The National Council of Provinces has extended until 27 October the deadline for comments on an amendment Bill of vital interest to rural communities that are subject to traditional leaders and the councils they dominate. (Call for comment)

The NCOP’s Select Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs initially set a 24-hour deadline for submissions on the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill. The Bill seeks to give illegitimate Traditional Councils an opportunity to validate themselves and, by implication, decisions they have taken without being properly constituted.

That deadline lapsed on Monday, but members of the Select Committee called almost unanimously at a meeting on Monday for an extension to allow communities and civil society a chance to study the Bill and to comment on it. That extension was confirmed at a further meeting on the next day. …More »

STOP PRESS: NCOP members reject 24-hour notice for TLGFA comments

17 Oct 2017

Members of the National Council of Provinces will meet on Wednesday to demand a new deadline for submissions on the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill.

Parliament issued a call for submissions on the Bill (TLGFAB) in the Sunday Times of 15 October, but said they had to be in on Monday, giving communities just 24 hours to meet, get mandates and send their comments to the legislature. (Our earlier report)

The call for comment was not posted on Parliament’s website, which routinely promotes calls for submissions on legislation. The Parliamentary Monitoring Group also did not pick up any call for submissions on the TLGFA amendment. …More »

NCOP gives 24-hour deadline for comment on TLGFA amendment

17 Oct 2017

The National Council of Provinces gave citizens just 24 hours from Sunday to submit comments on an amendment Bill of vital interest to rural communities subject to traditional leadership and the councils they dominate.

That deadline has already lapsed. But anyone interested to protect their rights against further encroachment by often illegitimate Traditional Councils should insist on an extension so that they can make their views known to the NCOP through its Select Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. They should also insist that their provincial legislatures hold accessible public hearings on the Bill.

The Select Committee called for submissions on the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill (TLGFAB) in an advertisement in the Sunday Times on 15 October, setting 16 October as the deadline.  …More »

Opinion

Global news service flags rising community anger at miners and their allies

17 Oct 2017| by Brendan Boyle

Reuters correspondent Ed Stoddard has taken a deep dive into the power politics of the politically connected elite that controls the revenues and opportunities that come with mining in rural areas and sees communities starting to test their strength.

“A new power struggle is unfolding in South Africa’s old homelands between global mining giants, traditional leaders and an impoverished rural populace,” he writes in this important report.

“At the heart of the conflict are tribal leaders who have royal titles and feudal-style control over the homelands, poor rural areas designated to South Africa’s black majority by its former white minority rulers during apartheid.” …More »

Why red lights are flashing over consultation on communal land bills

05 Oct 2017| by Constance Mogale

Making their way through the legislative process are nine bills of seminal significance to people living on rural communal land. The Alliance for Rural Democracy appeals to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) in particular to uphold the constitutional rights of those most likely to be affected and to consult the communities concerned.

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Bapo Ba Mogale Money Looted

23 Aug 2017| by Constance Mogale

The public protector’s recent report on the disappearance of the Bapo Ba Mogale’s millions confirmed what many had alleged for years: that the Bapo had been stripped of their wealth while government and traditional watchdogs looked the other way. But because it was published at the same time as several other issues deemed more sensational, the report has had little airtime.

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A veneer of legality to disguise total system failure of traditional councils

03 Jul 2017| by Ayesha Motala & Thiyane Duda

Rural democracy is under siege and the law is being used as a tool to attack and further marginalise the most vulnerable of South African citizens. The latest strike is the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill, which was introduced in the National Assembly by the Department of Traditional Affairs in March

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Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill: Rules of Engagement

17 May 2017| by Marelise van der Merwe

The Traditional and Khoisan Leadership Bill could be adopted as early as the end of the year, if the Portfolio Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs has its way. But if input from citizens submitted via the public hearings report to the National Assembly last week is anything to go by, there’s still a long way to go before agreement is reached on several key issues. Not least, ongoing concerns that the Bill is a thinly-veiled attempt to cement apartheid boundaries and let traditional leaders act with impunity. Will the call for “meaningful” feedback result in meaningful amendments?

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