'Khoisan Bill entrenches the marginalisation of indigenous people'

The Traditional and Khoisan Leadership Bill aimed at giving recognition to Khoisan communities, leaders and structures were rejected in by the Western Cape, making it the only province to object the bill.

The bill was passed during a special sitting of the NCOP and was backed by all provinces except for the Democratic Alliance-led Western Cape.

Secretary general at the Institute for the Restoration of the Aborigines of South Africa, Tania-Kleinhans Cedras unpacks why the Traditional and Khoisan Leadership Bill is woefully inadequate.

Here are her points of contention with the bill:

  • The Bill is titled as Traditional and Khoisan Leadership Bill but ideally it should be saying The Khoisan Indigenous Traditional and Leadership Bill.

  • The Bill is not empowering, it further entrenches the marginalisation of the aborigines Khoisan people.

  • It is not in harmony with any of the 2005 Special Rapporteur that was provided to Parliament nor the United Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous People, which was signed by South Africa in 2007.

These are key instruments that the bill has not included to advance the rights of the indigenous people.

Tania-Kleinhans Cedras, Secretary general - Institute for the Restoration of the Aborigines of South Africa

There are no processes of respect for the culture. There are no partnerships with aboriginal Khoisan people, no meaningful negotiations. It extremely autonomous and it gives the president the right to recognise queens and kings which we never had in our social structure ...

Tania-Kleinhans Cedras, Secretary general - Institute for the Restoration of the Aborigines of South Africa

To hear the rest of the conversation on the Traditional and Khoisan Leadership Bill, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'Khoisan Bill entrenches the marginalisation of indigenous people'


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