David-and-Goliath battle looms over land rights
Consult or consent? A new law could allow government and traditional authorities to hand over mining and other development rights without the approval of the communities that inhabit the land
In what could be a battle of David-and-Goliath proportions, land rights activists have warned President Cyril Ramaphosa to prepare for a legal challenge to the Traditional & Khoi-San Leadership Act (TKLA), which he passed into law in November.
They argue that the legislation, which was introduced to the National Assembly in 2015, places too much power in the hands of traditional leaders and their councils. They accuse Ramaphosa of effectively signing away the democratic rights of rural people...