12 Feb 2014
by Aninka Claassens
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NCOP in disarray about TCB

Today’s meeting about the Traditional Courts Bill (TCB) in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) indicated a Committee in deep disarray.  The meeting was meant to discuss the negotiating mandates that the provinces have submitted with regard to the TCB.  […]

27 Nov 2013
by Mbongiseni Buthelezi
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Government insults rural citizens on traditional courts

On Thursday 21 October 2013, the Portfolio Committee on Local Government and Traditional Affairs of the North West Legislature held four simultaneous hearings on the Traditional Courts Bill [B1-2012] (TCB) across the province. These hastily-convened hearings have caused alarm for […]

30 Oct 2013
by Mbongiseni Buthelezi
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“The state does not consult rural people about laws that affect them”

The centenary year of the 1913 Natives Land Act is drawing to a close and we are looking ahead to marking two decades of democratic governance in 2014. Many questions arise as to the extent to which the democratisation that […]