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Land, Law and Traditional Leadership in South Africa

With over two decades after the end of apartheid, land remains an emotive fault line in South Africa. In rural communities, many have lost patience with the paternalistic approach of traditional leaders, commercial farmers and mining corporations. T…

Women's Access to Land in the Former Bantustans: Constitutional Conflict, Customary Law, Democratisation and the Role of the State

"The transition to local democratic institutions in the former bantustans of South Africa will not in itself fulfil the constitutional imperative for the promotion of gender equality, specifically in relation to women's access to land. In order for…

'People are not Happy' - Speaking up for Adaptive Natural Resource Governance in Mahenye. Evolution and Resilience in the Face of Adversity, or another Case of Community Based Natural Resource Mangement (CBNRM) in Crisis?

"This paper explores the ongoing events surrounding the CAMPFIRE project of Mahenye in Zimbabwe within the context of the recent discourse of crisis within community based natural resource management (CBNRM) and crisis within the country itself. Des…

Democratic Local Government Elections in South Africa: A Critical Review

"This paper discusses and provides historical and contemporary challenges confronting local government in South Africa against the backdrop of the 2006 elections. Following this introductory discussion, the next section outlines local government str…

Traditional Justice in Practice A Limpopo Case Study

"The monograph introduces the institution of traditional leadership. It demonstrates how this system has been entrenched in the rural areas and raises related questions (chapter two). It deals with the policy and legislative framework that applies t…

In Angola's COVID 19 Fight, Trusted Religious and Traditional Leaders, Military can be Allies

As Angola continues under a “situation of public calamity” to limit the spread of the coronavirus, reliable information remains an essential tool in the fight to protect the country. Despite early lockdowns, the number of confirmed infections in the…

Citizen's Endorse Traditional Leaders, see Greater Role in Contemporary Lesotho

Studies on the role of traditional leaders in post-independence African societies show that they have remained relevant in most countries across the continent. Rather than wither in the face of Africa’s progression toward democracy, traditional lead…

African Citizens' Message to Traditional Leaders: Stay in Development, Stay out of Politics

The proper role for unelected “traditional leaders” or “chiefs” in modern African societies has been debated for decades. Once written off as anachronistic, irrelevant, and anti-democratic, especially after the democratic openings that swept across …

Les Togolais font Confiance aux Chefs Traditionnels mais Préfèrent leur Impartialité Pendant les Votes / Togolese Trust Traditional Chiefs but Prefer their Neutrality during Elections

Long before the colonial period, the traditional chieftaincy was the only known African territorial administrative organisation. The chieftaincies assumed all political, administrative, military, cultural and spiritual power. The institution continu…

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