Media coverage of Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill’s signing

03 Dec 2019| by LARC

On 28 November it was made public that the President has signed the contentious Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill into law.  Although the President is yet to proclaim when the law will come into effect, some civil society organisations and activists from the “Stop the Bantustan Bills” campaign ( ) are shocked that their pleas for equal property and citizenship rights for rural people have been ignored.  Here are some of the recent television and radio segments addressing the issue:

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President signs Traditional and Khoi San Leadership Bill into Law

29 Nov 2019| by LARC

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

President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the Traditional and Khoi San Leadership bill into law. This shock announcement was made in Parliament on Thursday 28 November. Civil society had anticipated that the President would refer the Bill back to Parliament after two Panel reports warned that provisions of the Bill are in breach of fundamental Constitutional rights. The first report, in 2017, was by a High Level Panel created by the Speakers of Parliament, and chaired by former President Kgalema Motlanthe. The second was by the President’s own Advisory Panel into Land Reform which reported earlier this year.

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Casac unhappy about postponement of Ingonyama

21 Nov 2019| by Bongani Hans

The postponement of the KwaZulu-Natal rural land case against Ingonyama Trust Board will prolong the vulnerability of residents who are forced to pay rent under a lease agreement, said Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac).

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Chiefs win last-gasp election delay

02 Mar 2020| by Niyanta Singh

The Ingonyama Trust and several chiefs were granted an order in the Pietermaritzburg High Court yesterday that postponed the Council election, which was due to be held on Saturday.

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A step backwards for human rights in SA

22 Jan 2020| by Daniel Huizenga
The Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act goes against the international progress made in protecting the rights of rural and indigenous people, particularly when it comes to mining.

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Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act ‘brings back apartheid Bantustans’, say activists

11 Dec 2019| by Zukiswa Pikoli

In a recent article in Maverick Citizen, we explained that the Traditional and Khoi-san Leadership Act was likely to rob millions of rural people, women in particular, of their rights. Maverick Citizen sought the views of rural land activists from Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, North West and Limpopo who have been particularly vociferous in the fight against this bill taking hold and championing the rights of rural communities.

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