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Wilmien Wicomb

Government does not have the right to ignore rural citizens

Proposed changes to the Traditional Courts Bill to remove the possibility to “opt out” and use magistrate’s courts instead are probably unconstitutional, and definitely play into the hands of traditional leaders instead of their communities

Democracy rules over chief’s authority

Decisions in the high court and Constitutional Court may challenge the Traditional Court Bill

An urgent rethink on customary law is needed

The Constitution, in chapter 12, recognises "the institution, status and role of traditional leadership, in terms of customary law".

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