VhaVenda princess sidelined because she's a woman - lawyer

2016-12-13 20:31
High court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

High court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Thohoyandou - A VhaVenda princess' constitutional rights were violated after she was sidelined from becoming queen because she is a woman, the Thohoyandou High Court heard on Tuesday.

Masindi Mphephu, 24, previously challenged President Jacob Zuma's decision to recognise her uncle, Toni Mphephu Ramabulana, as king.

Ramabulana would have been crowned earlier this year, but Masindi secured a high court interdict preventing the coronation from going ahead.

In court papers Masindi's defence counsel argued that the traditional council’s approach was unconstitutional.

Alan Dodson, for Masindi, told Judge President Ephraim Makgoba that the customary law applied when electing a king violated his client's constitutional rights.

He said the approach was discriminative and should not be allowed in a democratic society.

King must be 'a respected man'

Dodson presented minutes of a meeting during which it was decided to endorse Ramabulana as the king, and outlined the steps followed when a king was nominated.

The court heard that during the meeting, the chairperson of the Mphephu royal family, David Mphephu, detailed the requirements a person had to meet to be nominated to the throne.

In an affidavit, he said a king must not have a criminal record, must be respected, and be a man.

 

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