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Empty promises accompany Restitution Bill as public hearings re-commence

Media release by the Centre for Law & Society January 13, 2014, marks the second leg of the public hearings on the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill. Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Rural Development and Land Reform is promising people that this new bill will bring them land and relief from hardship.   However, the public …

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TCB: People in rural areas demand full rights, as enjoyed by their urban counterparts

Before the current irregular round of public hearings on the Traditional Court Bill (TCB), two other rounds took place at which the overwhelming majority of participants had already rejected the Bill – as they still do. Across sectors and geographic regions, both at provincial and national level public hearings as held in 2008 and 2012 …

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Third round of hearings on the TCB fails to change minds

MEDIA RELEASE by the Alliance for Rural Democracy November 22, 2013 The public hearings convened by the Portfolio Committee on Local Government and Traditional Affairs of the North West Legislature on Thursday 21 October 2013 resulted in another resounding rejection of the Traditional Courts Bill (TCB). The committee conducted hearings simultaneously in Zeerust, Wolmaransstad, Moretele …

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NCOP again ignores rural voices on Traditional Courts Bill: A case of “we’ll consult until we change your minds”?

MEDIA RELEASE by the Alliance for Rural Democracy November 21, 2013 Provincial negotiating mandates tabled to the Select Committee on Security and Constitutional Development in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on October 15, 2013 showed overwhelming rejection of the Traditional Courts Bill (TCB) by the provinces. However, instead of following parliamentary procedure and debating …

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“The state does not consult rural people about laws that affect them”

The centenary year of the 1913 Natives Land Act is drawing to a close and we are looking ahead to marking two decades of democratic governance in 2014. Many questions arise as to the extent to which the democratisation that seemed imminent in 1994 has been achieved, especially in rural areas in the former homelands. …

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