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In less than a week parliament will decide whether to confirm the Traditional Courts Bill (TCB), which has been at the centre of an almost 20-year struggle for legislation that is true to customary law and reflects the democratic values of customary systems.

Approval by the National Assembly will usher in a new chapter in the battle. But there remains a small hope that a new legal opinion requested by MPs in the justice portfolio committee may pause the matter, at least temporarily...

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