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National Assembly passes Traditional & Khoisan Leadership Bill

The bill aims to recognise Khoisan leadership structures and communities not yet addressed in law.

FILE: Minister of Cooperative Governance Des van Rooyen. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - More than two years since it was first tabled, the National Assembly has passed the Traditional and Khoisan Leadership Bill.

The bill aims to recognise Khoisan leadership structures and communities not yet addressed in law.

But the Democratic Alliance and Economic Freedom Fighters walked out before the vote, saying they couldn’t support its principles.

Among concerns cited is that it will entrench apartheid-style boundaries and tribalism.

But Minister of Cooperative Governance Des van Rooyen says the bill will ensure uniformity in the way traditional matters are handled.

“This bill is important to restore their dignity. This bill is important also to ensure that we harmonise the traditional sector. They said we must move with speed to give effect to this bill.”

The bill has now been referred to the National Council of Provinces for concurrence.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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