Passing laws to please the chiefs or the people?

2019-05-29 06:00

I ALWAYS thought that forced removals one of the most reprehensible facets of apartheid.

But now, with the ANC about to sign the Traditional Leadership Bill, approved by its majority in Parliament into law, our Zulu friend in Sweetwaters is grieving that the local chief is forcing him to vacate a very nice home and garden that he has occupied and developed over nearly 20 years, on a plot of land that he paid the chief for, but with no title deeds.

The compensation offered is totally uncertain; a house somewhere, unspecified. He has built a workshop for his little business, a home for his aged mother, avocado and citrus, and other fruit trees that are bearing nicely, and a beautiful vegetable garden, a chicken run. It’s the place he calls home. The ANC is facing a conundrum; passing laws that allow forced removals at the whim of a local chief to appease traditional leaders, or giving ownership rights to people living on tribal lands.

Is there anywhere else in the world where this can happen?



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