13 May 2014
by Aninka Claassens
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Haste over land rights bill not just in aid of buying votes*

AMONG the slew of “priority” laws hastily adopted at the final sitting of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) was the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill. This is an exact replay of what happened in 2004, when the contentious […]

27 Nov 2013
by Mbongiseni Buthelezi
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Government insults rural citizens on traditional courts

On Thursday 21 October 2013, the Portfolio Committee on Local Government and Traditional Affairs of the North West Legislature held four simultaneous hearings on the Traditional Courts Bill [B1-2012] (TCB) across the province. These hastily-convened hearings have caused alarm for […]

26 Nov 2013
by Tara Weinberg
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Response to ‘Re-opening restitution: Election promises doomed to backfire’

I have received a number of interesting comments via social media on the piece Re-opening restitution: Election promises doomed to backfire. The hearings are related to the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill, which was tabled in parliament in October. […]

25 Nov 2013
by Tara Weinberg
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Re-opening restitution: Election promises doomed to backfire

Parliament is currently holding provincial public hearings on the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill. The Bill, which re-opens the window to allow people to put in restitution claims until 2018, was tabled in October. See a response to comments […]