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30 March 2021
PLAAS Webinar: Traditional Courts Bill: Will it enable justice for communities in the former homelands?

PLAAS invites you to a webinar titled: “Is the Traditional Courts Bill necessary to enable access to justice for communities in the former homelands?”

The webinar will feature:

The webinar will be chaired by Nkanyiso Gumede, researcher at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), University of Western Cape.

Since the introduction of the Traditional Courts Bill (TCB) in 2003, resistance to it passage into law has been mounted by some from the rural communities together with social movements based in these areas. The current version of the Bill is on the brink of becoming law as it was passed by the National Council of Provinces in December 2020. It will now be presented before parliament for voting, which once passed, the President will then sign it into law. As all this happens, there have been calls by different stakeholders for the President not to sign the Bill into law rather refer it back to parliament or the constitutional Court for consideration.

The webinar will give perspective on the questions below to better understand the issues around the TCB:

  • What is the history of the Bill, and its intended aims?
  • Will the intended aims of the Bill be achieved under the current version of the Bill?
  • Is the Bill what the communities living under customary law need?
  • What is the potential impact of the Bill if passed into law?

Tune in on Thursday, 1 April 2021 from:
12:00 West Africa Time (WAT)
13:00 Central Africa Time (CAT)
14:00 East Africa Time (EAT)

Watch the webinar here: Or scroll down to view it.