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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]