02 May 2018
by Ayesha Motala
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Traditional leaders – not rural citizens – are at the centre of the land expropriation debate

Land expropriation without compensation has already galvanised much public debate and contestation among leadership from all sectors, but what does this mean for people living in rural areas?

30 Nov 2017
by Custom Contested
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Kgalema Motlanthe’s High Level Panel calls for repeal of Ingonyama Trust Act

The Ingonyama Trust headed by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu should be dissolved and the law that established it on the eve of South Africa’s liberation in 1994 should be repealed says an independent High Level Panel headed by former […]

23 Nov 2017
by Rehana Rossouw
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Communities must benefit more from mining — panel

Residents of mining areas testified at the high-level panel on assessment of key legislation and acceleration of fundamental change about the acute disruptions caused in their lives and livelihoods by mining and their concerns are dealt with in several recommended […]

08 Nov 2017
by Mike Coleman
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Who owns the land? Half an answer from AgrisSA land audit

Farmers’ interest group AgriSA last week released its own land audit. This filled in a major blank in the land reform and policy field: How many black emerging farmers have bought farms outside government’s land reform programme? We now have […]

06 Nov 2017
by Brendan Boyle
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Leadership bill dissolves rather than strengthens power of rural people

The pleas of thousands of rural people who made difficult journeys to attend public hearings across the country are largely ignored in the amended version of the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill set to be adopted by the National Assembly […]

06 Apr 2017
by Thiyane Duda
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Communal land belongs to the people, not to the chiefs

It’s time the South African government made it clear that traditional leaders do not legally own the communal land that lies within the boundaries of our former homelands. The Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Des van Rooyen, […]

21 Aug 2015
by Centre for Law and Society
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Constitutional Court affirms value of CPAs in traditional communities

On the 20th of August 2015 the Constitutional Court issued a resounding and unanimous judgment in support of democratic control of land in traditional areas. Finding in favour of the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Communal Property Association, the Court set aside a 2014 […]