oa De Rebus - Bantu civil courts in South Africa
The State President is empowered by Section 12 of the Bantu Administration Act, 1927 (No. 38 of 1927, as amended), to confer upon any Bantu Chief or Headman both civil and criminal jurisdiction to hear cases between Bantu in the area over which such Chief or Headman has jurisdiction. Only Bantu Law may be applied in these courts. The courts of Chiefs and Headmen enjoy concurrent jurisdiction with those Bantu Affairs Commissioners' Courts in their respective areas. An appeal against the Chief's judgment lies to the Bantu Affairs Commissioner's Court having jurisdiction.
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