News

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 (https://stopthebantustanbills.org/ ) 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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Opinion

Another Bantustan Bill gets ‘King Cyril’s’ nod

02 Dec 2019| by John Clarke

Last week I was privileged to interview Zapiro about his latest cartoon collection Which Side is Up? It is a rhetorical question appended to a cartoon that caricatures “King” Cyril and “Ace” Magashule on the same classic playing card.

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Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act Threatens Rights Over Communal Land

01 Dec 2019| by Legal Resources Centre

On 20 November 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the contentious Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act into law. While the Act has not come into force yet, it will have a devastating impact on the lives of people living on communal land in South Africa. In particular, this Act will undermine the hard-fought legal victories that communal land right holders have obtained in the last two years.

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How communities are defying the Ingonyama Trust’s land grab

18 Nov 2019| by Ruth Hopkins

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