May 20, 2019: Traditional Courts Bill - Alive Again!w
The Helen Suzman Foundation called it “a cynical move to curry favour with traditional leaders.” Two months before the May 2019 elections, the ANC-led Parliament passed — for the 3rd time — the Traditional Courts Bill that would allow chiefs of the former apartheid-established “homelands” to have legislative, executive and judicial powers all rolled into one. The women’s and human rights movements have previously blocked this bill at the stage of Provincial Consultations. Now they have to do the work again.
Featured speakers: Sizani Ngubane, founder of the Rural Women’s Movement in Kwazulu Natal province (interviewed by Marsha Branch); Nolundi Luwaya, Researcher at the Law, Race and Gender Unit at the University of Cape Town [now director of the Land and Accountability Research Centre]; other scholars and traditional leaders.