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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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“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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