06 Nov 2017
by Brendan Boyle

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 […]

23 Oct 2017
by Custom Contested

NCOP allows more time for comment on traditional leadership Bill

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)

03 Jul 2017
by Ayesha Motala & Thiyane Duda

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

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 […]

17 May 2017
by Marelise van der Merwe

Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill: Rules of Engagement

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 […]

28 Mar 2017
by Sobantu Mzwakali
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Public Protector Mkhwebane promises report on Bapo’s lost millions by the end of April

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane promised in her first meeting with the Bapo Ba Mogale community of North West this week that she would finalise and issue a report on the five-year long investigation into the alleged looting of the mine-hosting […]

13 Oct 2015
by Brendan Boyle

Bill gives cold comfort to exploited communities

The new Traditional and Khoisan Leadership Bill is honest at least about one thing: It dispenses with the preamble about democracy and transformation in the 2003 Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act it sets out to repeal.   While the […]

13 Oct 2015
by Dr Aninka Claassens

Back to the bad old days

A Bill currently before parliament promises overdue recognition for Khoisan communities and their leaders. In fact, however, the Traditional and Khoisan Leadership Bill is a smokescreen for entrenching autocratic traditional councils, which have dodged fiscal and democratic accountability for more […]

10 Jul 2015
by Thiyane Duda

Traditional leaders use archaic laws to cling to the land

MAYIBUYE iAfrika! This was a rallying cry that defined the struggle against colonialism and apartheid. This slogan refers, among other things, to the land which was taken away from Africans by colonists. But this dream has not been realised under […]