21 Aug 2015
by Centre for Law and Society

Constitutional Court affirms value of CPAs in traditional communities

On the 20th of August 2015 the Constitutional Court issued a resounding and unanimous judgment in support of democratic control of land in traditional areas. Finding in favour of the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Communal Property Association, the Court set aside a 2014 […]

28 Jul 2015
by Custom Contested

SPLUMA discussion on Rights and Recourse (SABC)

On 19 July 2015, Dr Aninka Claassens from the Centre for Law and Society; Dr Nozizwe Makgalemele of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform; Nomboniso Gasa, senior research associate at the Centre for Law and Society; Siyabulela Manona, […]

27 Jul 2015
by Nomboniso Gasa

Asserting traditional leaders own land opens old wounds

IF THE past has nothing to say to the present, history may go on sleeping undisturbed in the closet where the system keeps its old disguises. — Eduardo Galeano. Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti is scheduled to […]

15 Jul 2015
by Siyabulela Manona

Proposed communal land policy could replay 1913

  The  government has tried and serially failed in the 21 years since democracy dawned to resolve questions around the authority of traditional leaders in South Africa’s rural areas and, aligned to that, the forms of land ownership that should […]

09 Mar 2015
by Custom Contested

CLS comment on President Zuma’s address to NHOTL

President Jacob Zuma gave his annual address to the National House of Traditional Leaders on Thursday (March 5, 2014). Deviating from his prepared notes, the President repeated problematic statements he has made before regarding land restitution. Traditional leaders were again strongly […]

01 Oct 2014
by Tara Weinberg

Rural land rights in jeopardy*

More than 2 000 people attended a recent government summit on land tenure security. They included large numbers of traditional leaders, but also farmworkers, farm dwellers, land reform beneficiaries and people living in the former homelands whose voices are often most marginalised […]