11 Dec 2019
by Richard Raber
Last week South African President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Traditional Khoi-San Leadership Act. Some have called it controversial, others colonial or corrupting. And indeed, it is all of those things. But it also signals the utter contempt the government has for rural people.
11 Dec 2019
by Zukiswa Pikoli
In a recent article in Maverick Citizen, we explained that the Traditional and Khoi-san Leadership Act was likely to rob millions of rural people, women in particular, of their rights. Maverick Citizen sought the views of rural land activists from […]
25 Mar 2019
by Aninka Claassens
Two bills recently rammed through Parliament will benefit traditional and political leaders, not the poorest and most vulnerable in the country.
21 Feb 2019
by Ramabina Mahapa
It is not just the government that has failed. Mining companies have usurped land belonging to rural communities without due regard for their property rights.
29 Jan 2019
by Dr. Aninka Claassens
Late last year the Ingonyama Trust intervened in a land restitution claim in Melmoth KwaZulu-Natal. It argued that the land about to be restored to various community groups who had waited over 20 years, should not belong to them. It […]
04 Sep 2018
A wave of legislation currently before Parliament seeks to build on the foundations of other interconnected post-apartheid laws and give a veneer of legality to a host of precarious deals cutting politically connected business and traditional leaders into South Africa’s […]
12 Jul 2018
by Dr Fani Ncapayi
The issue of land ownership and governance in communal areas continues to be hotly debated. Two broad views prevail. One is that traditional authorities are the owners of the land. The other view argues that residents are the owners and […]
10 Jul 2018
by Mondli Makhanya
One has never been so relieved to see the sight of Lillian Dube and Desmond Dube.
03 May 2018
by William Gumede
As South Africa celebrates Freedom Day, civil society organisations have increasingly become the last line of defence against corruption, service delivery failure and abuse of power by elected and public representatives.
02 May 2018
by Ayesha Motala
Land expropriation without compensation has already galvanised much public debate and contestation among leadership from all sectors, but what does this mean for people living in rural areas?