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Traditional Courts Bill: How to entrench inequality and a parallel reality for 18 million marginalised South Africans

By Aninka Claassens Rural South Africans are being systematically stripped of the few residual assets they managed to hold on to despite apartheid. Members of Parliament are about to create a parallel and separate legal system that denies 18 million people the right to access South Africa’s mainstream court system.

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Ongoing struggles to hold the Ingonyama Trust to account

By LARC At a time when many people are clambering for accountability from the Ingonyama Trust, and particularly its chair Mr Jerome Ngwenya, Minister Didiza and her office appear to downplay, if not outright deny their oversight responsibilities.

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Director of This Land completes MA on impact strategies for documentary films

By LARC A couple of years ago, LARC commissioned a film entitled This Land that was directed by Miki Redelinghuys.

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Ingonyama Trust to get a new board ‘soon’

By Paddy Harper The process of appointing a new, permanent Ingonyama Trust Board (ITB) — and an investigation into the land administration entity’s finances — has still not been concluded, despite the 1 January  deadline set by Land Reform Minister Thoko Didiza.

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Little comfort for rural communities as NCOP passes Traditional Courts Bill without opt-out clause

Joint statement by Alliance for Rural Democracy & Land and Accountability Research Centre On 2 December 2020, the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) passed the Traditional Courts Bill [B1D-2017] (TCB) in a plenary session, after a rushed process that ignored significant concerns raised by numerous stakeholders. Seven provinces voted in favour of the Bill, with …

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