About The Traditional Courts Bill

By Manny De Freitas

Recent traditional legislation: a light of danger at the end of tunnel

The Traditional Courts Bill as well as the Communal Land Rights Act received much negative reaction from civil society when it was introduced in Parliament. In fact the Constitutional Court even declared the Communal Land Rights Act as invalid and it is clear that Traditional Courts Bill is absolutely unconstitutional.

Ever since 2008 it was tabled at the National Assembly this Bill has left most people with a feeling of desperation and concern. Even the upper House of Parliament, the National Council of Provinces is finding it hard to conclude their work in this Bill.

There is overall concern with this Bill, examples of these concerns are the fact that under this Bill Traditional Leaders would have more power than what they did in the days of Apartheid and that the Bantustans system of old would be reinforced and entrenched.

The apartheid tribal boundaries would be made official again where autocratically powerful chiefs would rule. Chiefs would unilaterally define customary law outside of our legal system!

It is almost unbelievable that as a country with the most progressive Constitution ever is tabling this Bill which would prejudge against women and children and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and the transgender communities.

It would restrict the access to our legal system as the over 18 milliion rural mostly poor people would be trapped in a traditional justice system that belongs in the middle ages. The worse is that these people would not have a choice to get out of this system. Everyone needs to fight this all the way.


Manny de Freitas is an out and proud member of South Africa's parliament and also the Shadow Minister of Home Affairs for the official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance.

comments

health & exercise

Aquatic fitness exercises
Aquatic fitness exercises

Hints and tips for Aquatic fitness training

Upper Body Cobra Hold Exercises
Upper Body Cobra Hold Exercises

We show you how the Cobra Hold Exercise can strengthen your back  [ ... ]

Libido Loss Among Women
Libido Loss Among Women

Our health expert discuss hypoactive sexual desire disorder

women

Sluts And Whores
Sluts And Whores

Have you ever been called a slut? Read on...

My Boobs Are My Own
My Boobs Are My Own

On the issue of gay men's sexism towards lesbians

Lesbian Beauty
Lesbian Beauty

All about typical Lipstick Lesbian beauty routines

events & parties

Whats happening Gauteng?
Whats happening Gauteng?

Events, parties and cultural happenings in Gauteng

Whats happening Durban?
Whats happening Durban?

Events, parties and cultural happenings in Durban

Whats happening Cape Town?
Whats happening Cape Town?

Events, parties and cultural happenings in Cape Town

gay relationships

Scaring Guys Away
Scaring Guys Away

Do you think you scare guys away? Here's advice

How To Be A Power Bottom
How To Be A Power Bottom

We focus on the job of the bottom during intercourse

How To Be A Great Top
How To Be A Great Top

Intercourse with a guy should be about pleasure for both of you.

cars

Ford's Anti Hijacking Tips
Ford's Anti Hijacking Tips

Ford, has come up with a number of tips to avoid a hijacking

New Infiniti Q50
New Infiniti Q50

We take a look at Infiniti's new Q50 model

2014 Peugeot 2008
2014 Peugeot 2008

We take a look at the new Peugeot 2008 SUV

food

Smoked salmon pâté
Smoked salmon pâté

Serve this smoked salmon pâté as a starter with salad

Spicy Pork Kebabs
Spicy Pork Kebabs

A great addition for your next braai menu

Cherry Cake
Cherry Cake

A lovely cherry sponge cake with an Almond texture

elsewhere on ql

Gays and Health Insurance
Gays and Health Insurance

Health insurance differences between gays and str8s highlighted

SA Discontinues Temp Passports
SA Discontinues Temp Passports

South Africa discontinued its temporary passports

SA's New Draft Credit Laws
SA's New Draft Credit Laws

About South Africa's new draft credit regulations

Understanding The Gay Community
Understanding The Gay Community

Dr Brand Doubell on what makes our Gay Community unique

Traumatized At The Gym
Traumatized At The Gym

Blogger Graham Green on what not to wear to the gym.

#2 The Birthday
#2 The Birthday

Its our hero's birthday in the 2nd episode of our new cartoon

weekly newsletter