Restoring power or the dignity of rural people?

The LRC’s Constitutional Litigation Unit attorney, Wilmien Wilcomb, recently published an article in Business Day on the Traditional Courts Bill, entitled, “Restoring power or the dignity of rural people?” In it, she states that:

“Opposition to the bill is largely based on the fact that it does not reflect living customary law and its participatory and accountable essence. Instead, just as it entrenches apartheid boundaries and ethnicities, it also entrenches distorted versions of apartheid-era traditional courts. It is colonialism’s tribal boundaries and versions of traditional courts that are reflected in the bill, as has been pointed out by rural communities.”
Read the article here.



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