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LARC statement on Traditional Council Bill hearings

04 Nov 2019| by LARC

PUBLIC HEARINGS OVER CONTENTIOUS TRADITIONAL COURTS BILL TO START IN SOME PROVINCES

Press Statement issued by Land and Accountability Research Centre, University of Cape Town 

The Land and Accountability Research Centre (LARC) is alarmed and concerned that the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) seems to be rushing to complete a public consultation process on the Traditional Courts Bill – one of the so-called “Bantustan Bills” which are deeply problematic for how they remove rights from the 18 million South Africans living in former homelands.
There is little information available to the public on how the various provinces will be managing public hearings.

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Report: Deepening Democracy: Dialogue on the ‘Bantustan Bills’

18 Sep 2019| by Tara Weinberg for the Nelson Mandela Foundation

On July 30th2019, over fifty community activists, ANC veterans, researchers, lawyers, NGOs, government officials and journalists gathered in Johannesburg for a dialogue on two bills that particularly affect people living in rural South Africa. Community activists have labelled the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill (TKLB) and the Traditional Courts Bill (TCB) as the “Bantustan Bills” because they reinforce the boundaries of the old Bantustan tribal authorities.

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Media Release: The Baloyi Commission Report, Sedibelo and Siyanda

27 Aug 2019| by LAMOSA

The Baloyi Commission’s report about the Bakgatla BaKgafela chieftaincy and financial corruption will be released by the Northwest Premier at 2 pm today, Monday 26 August 2019. LAMOSA was an active participant in the proceedings of the commission of inquiry over two years since 2016.

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Opinion

The Ingonyama Trust tramples on the democratic rights of citizens

05 Nov 2019| by Mary de Haas

The law creating the Ingonyama Trust was passed on the very last day of existence of the Bantustan administration and created a pocket of land in democratic South Africa that would be immune to any state land reform programmes: a pocket where residents would be held to different rules and rights than elsewhere in the country.

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The chief, the mines and the lost Bakgatla billions

01 Nov 2019| by Wilmien Wicomb

After two years of investigations of the flow of billions of rands into and out of the Bakgatla ba Kgafela community, the work of the Baloyi Commission of Inquiry may come to nothing. Since the report of the Commission was released at the end of August, showing how Chief Nyalala Pilane presided over the mismanagement of the community’s considerable wealth, the Chief has apparently re-positioned himself in a newly created Communal Property Association that is now asserting control over the Bakgatla villages.

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South Africa Wrestles Over Zulu King’s Vast Landholdings

15 Oct 2019| by Gabriele Steinhauser and Aaisha Dadi Patel

JOZINI, South Africa—In her battle to secure the rights to her dusty homestead, Hluphekile Mabuyakhulu has joined a small group of South Africans squaring off with a powerful landlord:
the king of the Zulu nation.

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