n Local Government Bulletin - The Traditional Courts Bill - examining the gaps




The Constitution and other legislative and policy documents make it clear that traditional leadership and customary law have a place in the new South Africa. However, the exact role and form that this should take has not always been clear. The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs recently announced that it would be pursuing a traditional affairs institutional strategy to strengthen the institution of traditional leadership and to build 'partnerships with critical stakeholders for development and service delivery purposes'.


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