12 Mar 2019
by LARC
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PRESS RELEASE: Rural citizens under attack by government: Traditional Courts Bill in the National Assembly this afternoon

Released on 12 March 2019 On 12 March 2019 the Traditional Courts Bill (B1B-2017) (TCB) will be considered for a vote by the National Assembly. This comes less than a week after the Bill was adopted by the Portfolio Committee […]

13 Sep 2018
by Nyasha Karimakwenda and Ayesha Motala
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Latest Traditional Courts Bill draft flouts constitutional rights even more disturbingly

Perhaps we should have seen this coming. Based on the antagonistic tone of the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services during public hearings held in March this year, the newest version of the Traditional Courts Bill (TCB) was likely […]

26 Mar 2018
by Marianne Merten
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Parliament: Opt-Out, Traditional Courts Bill supporters’ most hated clause

In Parliament’s justice committee a push is under way to nix the Traditional Courts Bill’s opt-out clause that was drafted following extensive consultation to ensure South Africa’s 18-million rural residents do not forfeit constitutional rights. Why is this important? It […]

05 Oct 2017
by Constance Mogale
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Why red lights are flashing over consultation on communal land bills

Making their way through the legislative process are nine bills of seminal significance to people living on rural communal land. The Alliance for Rural Democracy appeals to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) in particular to uphold the constitutional rights […]

23 Aug 2017
by Alliance for Rural Democracy
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MEDIA RELEASE: Civil society calls for careful consideration of new laws on traditional leadership, courts and land

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.

29 Mar 2016
by Nolundi Luwaya
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Response to king’s actions may shape customary law

A number of commentators have sought to justify King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s actions against his subjects on the basis that he was acting as a judicial officer.  Court records show the king failed to convene a customary court to hear and […]

25 Jan 2016
by Nolundi Luwaya
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King Dalindyebo’s disregard for customary law is the problem, not his conviction

The recent judgment of the SCA confirming the conviction of King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo and upholding a sentence of 12 years imprisonment has been strongly criticised by supporters of the king. The most vocal critics have been former President of CONTRALESA, […]