The Democratic Alliance has called for a
vote on the Traditional Courts Bill.
DA Leader in the National Council of
Provinces Elza van Lingen said they recognise the important role traditional
courts play in rural communities however we must make sure that the Bill protects
all our rights even in rural communities.
The DA said the Traditional Courts Bill
does not promote the development of customary law and instead perpetuates its
Lingen said that the fact that five
provinces are opposed to the bill as it stands, shows that there is agreement
that the bill as it stands now, will not pass the constitutional master.
She added that the main issues are that
parties will be denied legal representation before a traditional court, there’s
no opt out clause and the courts will hold jurisdiction over certain criminal
proceedings, which shouldn’t be their function.
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