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Why should SA’s rural people have different rights to urbanites?

Author: Lubabalo Ntsholo

In pre-colonial times, traditional leaders and traditional authorities were important institutions Iin South Africa, which played an essential role in the day to day administration of their areas and the lives of traditional people. They operated and functioned according to the applicable customs, traditions and customary laws. Since 1994, the country has failed to ask itself some very important questions in relation to rural governance. 

Over the past week, two significant court judgments were delivered that will have far reaching implications for rural land governance in the country and the government’s prevarication on dealing decisively with the democratic rights of the more than 17-million people living in the former Bantustans, whose rights to land remains largely unsecured. 

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