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Card image 26 March 2018 Land & Accountability Research Centre

Parliament: Opt-Out, Traditional Courts Bill supporters’ most hated clause

In Parliament’s justice committee a push is under way to nix the Traditional Courts Bill’s opt-out clause that was drafted following extensive consultation to ensure South Africa’s 18-million rural residents do not forfeit constitutional rights. Why is this important? It talks to power relations in rural areas and whether customary law is viewed as a … Continue reading

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#LandConference Dineo Skosana illuminates the trauma and spiritual insecurity associated with exhumation and reburial to make way for mining activities. Mining leads to the dispossession both the living and the dead.

#landconference Dineo Skosana focuses on coal mining in KZN at Somkhele.
Dispossession is not a historic phenomenon - a product of apartheid, but is a continuous experience for mining affected communities - combining both tangible and intangible losses including ancestral graves

Grace Maledu's message to government: 1. stop prioritising traditional leaders 2. visit our villages to see how we are living 3. restore our forefathers' properties to us. Think about us - we elected you and are disappointed! #LandConference

Grace Maledu speaking powerfully at the #LandConference. "What am I going to benefit after they have removed the minerals from our country? We are born and are going to die being black. Let’s not hesitate to come forward and battle for our future, for our children."

#Landconference Important questions (and frustrations) raised about how the power to define has been appropriated and continues to be exercised from above. Even the rural village has been recast as a European construct with its roots in colonial and apartheid betterment planning.

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