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 »
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 »
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 »
Civil society and community-based activists demand a say in the consideration of Bills currently before Parliament that would fundamentally affect the rights and lives of people living in rural and traditional communities.
On 27 June, Honourable Mr Justice Mageza at Bhisho High Court in the Eastern Cape granted an order to disestablish the senior traditional leadership over Amahlathi traditional community. The case was brought by the Amahlathi Crisis Committee, representing eight villages near King Williams Town. The Committee was represented by the Legal Resources Centre.