09 Apr 2018
by Aninka Claassens
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Elections trump land reform as panel report is put on back burner

At a time when debate about land reform and property rights is raging throughout South Africa, Parliament appears to have shelved the detailed report and recommendations of the High Level Panel (HLP) headed by former president Kgalema Motlanthe.

09 Nov 2017
by Steven Friedman
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South Africans in rural areas are saying ‘no more’. Why it matters

The mainstream in South Africa is paying little attention to the world outside the cities. This is a mistake because the future of the country’s economy may depend on battles raging in its far-flung rural areas.

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 […]

30 Oct 2017
by Custom Contested
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New laws would make some more equal than others, argues Steven Friedman

South Africans continue to live in parallel universes defined by the geography of apartheid and laws currently making their way through Parliament will consolidate rather than correct this reality, Prof Steven Friedman of the University of Johannesburg argues in a […]

23 Oct 2017
by Custom Contested
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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)

26 Jan 2016
by Monica de Souza Louw
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Will North West premier depose tainted tribal leader?

Or do too many politicians have a vested interest in his continued reign? Royal families of Bakgatla ba Kgafela in North West have finally been vindicated that their claim that Kgosi Nyalala Pilane, who has ruled since 1996, is not […]

08 Jan 2016
by Thuto Thipe
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A new tyranny of tribalism is looming

Proposed laws intended to set right past wrongs would only perpetuate models that were colonial creations, writes Thuto Thipe. Many of the Traditional and Khoisan Leadership Bill’s core features are much older than they appear to be from the proposed […]

13 Oct 2015
by Brendan Boyle
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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
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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 […]

15 Jun 2015
by Sindiso Mnisi Weeks
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The Traditional Courts Bill Is Soon To Be Back – New Bill or Old Bill With Embellishments?*

The murmurings about the Traditional Courts Bill are true. The Department of Justice and Correctional Services intends to table it in Parliament in the next few months. Readers may recall that this is the Bill intended to regulate dispute resolution […]