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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.