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Recall President Zuma!

The South African Presidency should be a site to advance the struggle for social equality, for the righting of historic crimes against black people, for jobs, houses, healthcare and education, for human rights globally and at home. This struggle can no longer be lead by a person as compromised, divisive and ineffective as President Jacob …

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Bringing democracy to traditional law

A court decision has dealt a blow to the manner in which the Eastern Cape government interpreted customary law relating to the appointment of chiefs. “The Cala Reserve community has had its right to appoint its own headman affirmed, after a full bench of the Eastern Cape High Court unanimously dismissed an appeal by the …

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Citizens should seize opportunity to get full rights in rural areas*

Rural South Africans in areas under the jurisdiction of traditional leaders have yet to enjoy the rights enjoyed by citizens in urban areas. People in urban areas can vote and can be voted for. These are the tenets of democracy. Yet rural residents are not able to exercise such rights in relation to their leaders, …

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Moves to empower chiefs bad for democracy*

Does the African National Congress (ANC) now feel more comfortable with chiefs and princes than with the people? After losing 10 percentage points in Gauteng in May’s election, the ANC vowed to reconnect with the black middle class. But there are signs that it may feel that traditional leaders are a better bet. Campaigners for rural …

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Re-opened restitution a cover for neo-traditionalist power grab

In recent weeks, South African news reports have been filled with leaders announcing claims and counter-claims to land on behalf of their “people” and royal clans under the newly amended Restitution Act of 1994. These royal claims are said to be justified by South Africa’s history of colonial dispossession, which was the most extreme on …

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