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Parliament Passes Traditional Leadership Bill

February 26, 2019

Parliament

The Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill has been passed by parliament and sent to president Ramaphosa for assent.

The national council of provinces amended the bill and returned it to the national assembly for concurrence in December 2018.

The bill was tabled in parliament in March 2017.

It aims to amend the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act, 2003 in order to:

• make provision for extended timeframes within which kingship or queenship councils and traditional councils must be established;
• provide for extended timeframes within which community authorities have to be disestablished;
• align the term of office of tribal authorities, traditional councils and kingship or queenship councils with the term of the National House of Traditional Leaders; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

During its deliberations, the portfolio committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs adopted the bill with amendments.

A new clause 1 and clause 2 were inserted. Clause 2 deals with the election of traditional council members to community councils.

The select committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs, during its deliberations, amended clause 1 to include reference to the setting up of a kingship or queenship council by kingships or queenships in place prior to the commencement of the amendment act within two years of the commencement.