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Khoi-San leaders will continue to fight Bill

Leaders say they’ll continue to challenge the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill tabled in August.

Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

CAPE TOWN - Khoi-San leaders say they'll continue to challenge the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill tabled in Parliament in August.

Two days of public hearings into the Bill have concluded today.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and Khoi-San leaders were among those who voiced their opinions about the legislation.

The Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill seeks to bring Khoi and San communities into the governance arena.

It has however been criticised because of several conditions, including one that calls for Khoi-San communities to annually prove their members are there voluntarily.

Chief Hennie van Wyk of the House of Korana Kingdom says that condition is not required of any other traditional community.

The Bill is being considered by Parliament's Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Portfolio Committee.