Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
The cooperative governance and traditional affairs ministry has prioritised supporting the parliamentary processes towards the enactment of the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill.
The cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister, Des van Rooyen, revealed this during his department’s budget vote speech in parliament.
The bill was tabled in parliament in September 2015.
It is designed to make provision for the recognition of the Khoi-San and also seeks to repeal and replace the Framework Act and the National House Act.
Three key objectives of the bill are to:
• Transform traditional and Khoi-San institutions in line with constitutional principles;
• Restore the integrity and legitimacy of traditional and Khoi-San leadership institutions in line with customary law and practices; and
• Protect and promote traditional and Khoi-San leadership institutions.
The minister also indicated that his department planned to wrap up work on the Draft Customary Initiation Bill and table it in parliament.
He added that the draft bill will go a long way to reducing the number of fatalities emanating from the initiation practice.
An Indaba of Traditional Leaders is also being organised in conjunction with the National House of Traditional Leaders “to discuss and address most of the challenges facing traditional affairs.”
The Indaba is set to take place from 28 May to 01 June 2017.
A new Community Works Programme model is also under construction.
Amendments to the Municipal Demarcation Act and the introduction of the Intergovernmental Monitoring, Support and interventions Bill will also take place during 2017/18.
Meanwhile, the traditional affairs department recently briefed parliament on the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill.
The bill was tabled in March 2017.
The bill seeks to:
• Make provision for extended timeframes within which kingship or queenship councils have to be established;
• Make provision for extended timeframes within which tribal authorities have to be constituted as traditional councils and within which traditional councils have to be reconstituted;
• Provide for extended timeframes within which community authorities have to be disestablished; and
• Align the term of office of the above-mentioned councils with the term of office of the National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL).