traditional courts

Call for Women Presiding Officers for Traditional Courts

The Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, plans to have more women presiding officers in 50 percent or more of the traditional courts in South Africa.

A planned overhaul of traditional courts has been derailed by a controversial Traditional Courts Bill that many civil advocacy groups, and even the minister herself, believe will undermine the rights of women.

"Our concern with the Traditional Courts Bill as it stands is that it has not been an inclusive process," she explains.

Traditional Courts Bill Unconstitutional – Gasa

Gender activist, Nomboniso Gasa, says that the Traditional Courts Bill is not consistent with the South African Constitution.

Gasa states that the Bill, which seeks to give full recognition to traditional courts in rural areas, has the potential to tamper with the freedom of people in rural areas.

She says the bill is in recognition of customary law, but does not give people in the rural areas to opt out of the traditional courts, adding that this is unconstitutional.

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