A coalition of civil society groups resolved at a meeting on the sidelines of the Alternative Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Tuesday (Feb 7) to oppose in every way possible the draft mining law amendment returned to Parliament by President Jacob Zuma in 2015.
President Zuma sent the Bill back to Parliament two years ago mainly because of concerns about the quality of the participation process in which ordinary South Africans should have been given a meaningful opportunity to comment on its provisions.
The Bill is still stuck in the legislature, but the Minister of Mineral Resources and, on Thursday, the President have urged its speedy resolution. …More »
THE second round of public hearings on the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill (TKLB) wrapped up in Kokstad last Friday, 3 February, with many delegates wondering whether the parliamentary panel had been listening at all.
TKLB Bill 23 of 2015
After consistent criticism across the country of the way the Bill proposes to recognise and to treat traditional communities, the MPs sent to listen to ordinary people seemed to have heard only the rare statements of support.
A radio debate on Eusebius McKaiser’s 702 talkshow threw a spotlight on key points of controversy in the Traditional Courts Bill, which was reintroduced in Parliament this week.
Listen to the debate here.
The Bill provides for the recognition and regulation of courts convened by traditional leaders.
Kgosi Setlamorogo Thobejane, chairman of the Congress of Traditional Leaders (Contralesa), and Aninka Claassens, director of the Land and Accountability Research Centre at UCT, took contrasting positions on issues including the right to refuse to participate in traditional courts and the need for explicit protections for women in customary law. …More »
Opening prayer at TKLB hearing in Oudtshoorn, 3 December 2016
THE new draft of the Traditional Courts Bill released by Deputy Minister of Justice John Jeffery last week is better than previous versions, but still far from perfect, Legal Resources Centre attorney Wilmien Wicomb writes in a report for The Huffington Post.
“The new bill introduced on Monday, appears to represent a paradigm shift. I say this with guarded optimism, as we have missed the devilish details of legislation that undermines the rights of rural people in the past, and even on this version some red flags remain. But there is a lot to celebrate,” she writes.
Wicomb, who has tracked the Bill since it was first tabled in 2008, links the TCB to the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill (TKLB) currently being tested in public hearings around the country.
“(The TKLB) is the proposed continuation of the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act, confirming and even strengthening the very mechanisms that have disempowered (rural people). If passed, it will destroy much of the good work done on the Traditional Courts Bill. The struggle continues,” Wicomb writes.
Read her analysis on The Huffing Post.
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 »