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'Problems in Africa should be solved by Africans'

Jacob Zuma comments on the Traditional Courts Bill which may deny women of the formal justice system.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday African problems should be solved by Africans.

He commented on the Traditional Courts Bill, which is still being processed by parliament.

Zuma told Members of Parliament at the opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders, that there were alternatives to the country's official justice system.

The president said Africans can solve their own problems through traditional institutions and not necessarily the 'white man's way' - by this he was referring to Western forms of justice.

His remarks could be seen as a subtle endorsement of the Traditional Courts Bill.

The draft legislation has, among other, the ANC Women's League and the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, worried.

It is feared that if passed, the law could dis-empower women because it will potentially deny them access to the formal justice system.

Zuma has urged traditional leaders to fight attempts to undermine African cultures.