13 Sep 2018
by Nyasha Karimakwenda and Ayesha Motala

Latest Traditional Courts Bill draft flouts constitutional rights even more disturbingly

Perhaps we should have seen this coming. Based on the antagonistic tone of the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services during public hearings held in March this year, the newest version of the Traditional Courts Bill (TCB) was likely […]

26 Mar 2018
by Marianne Merten

Parliament: Opt-Out, Traditional Courts Bill supporters’ most hated clause

In Parliament’s justice committee a push is under way to nix the Traditional Courts Bill’s opt-out clause that was drafted following extensive consultation to ensure South Africa’s 18-million rural residents do not forfeit constitutional rights. Why is this important? It […]

09 May 2016
by Sifiso Dladla

Traditional leaders call for independent mining council.

The Department Mineral Resources has rejected a call by the National House of Traditional Leaders to have an independent body to take over for the granting of prospecting and mining rights. The traditional leaders made a submission to the Portfolio […]

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 […]

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 […]