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South Africa: Setbacks for Traditional Leaders

28 August 2015

By Terry Bell

The government’s attempts to reinforce the role and power of traditional leaders has been delivered two major setbacks this month.

On Tuesday last week, the full bench of the Eastern Cape High Court dismissed, with costs, the appeal by Premier Phumulo Masualle to overturn a judgment giving the community of Cala the right to elect their own headman or local representative.

Two days later, the Constitutional Court issued a unanimous judgment in support of democratic control of land in traditional areas. The court found in favour of the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Communal Property Association (CPA) in the North West, ruling that the CPA should own and administer land won in a restitution claim.

Read the full article from allAfrica.


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