Khoi-San call on Zuma to sign bill, recognise rights

Hendrick Mphande

THE Eastern Cape’s Khoi-San leaders have made an impassioned plea to President Jacob Zuma to keep his word and sign the National Traditional Affairs Bill – more than two years after the president announced that a bill to recognise and protect indigenous Khoi-San people would be finalised.

In 2011, Zuma said the Traditional Affairs Department was processing the new bill, which provided for the recognition of Khoi-San communities, leaders and councils.

But this remains a pipe dream and the community’s patience is wearing thin.

The communities expressed concern at being marginalised and unrepresented in local, provincial and national government.

 

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