[LISTEN] The adoption of the 'progressive' Traditional Courts Bill explained

The controversial Traditional Courts Bill was adopted by Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services last Wednesday.

The Bill had previously been opposed by civil society and women’s rights organisations and it could not get sufficient votes needed from the provinces to pass it in Parliament.

Read: Why the Traditional Courts Bill is problematic

Chairperson of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services Madipoane Mothapo says this bill is progressive, as it takes into consideration the rights of women and traditional communities.

It also takes into consideration the issue of escalation of matters from traditional courts after all internal remedies have been exhausted, to the magistrate court.

Madipoane Mothapo, Chairperson - Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services

This bill differs from the two previous bills and we are hopeful as a committee that it will pass in the constitutional master.

Madipoane Mothapo, Chairperson - Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services

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