The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape supports, in principle, the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill (B23-2015). This was the view expressed yesterday, 19 June 2018, when the Provincial Standing Committee on Local Government at the Western Cape Provincial Parliament considered the negotiating mandate on this Bill.
I have, however, expressed concerns over fairness, equality and justice.
Although we support the principle of the Bill because of its recognition and acknowledgement of the Khoi-San communities, it fell short in addressing major concerns the committee had which if not addressed, may render the Bill inconsistent with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
Furthermore, the Bill provides that Khoi-San leaders should annually reapply for their powers, to the Premier and the National Minister of Local Government. This exercise is at variance with the norm, as other traditional leaders do not have to reapply for their powers.
This cannot be, and in addition to this, we also reject the marginalisation and discrimination of the Khoi-San leadership, which limits them to two leadership positions, as opposed to four granted to their counterparts. This has a potential to reverse the programme of social cohesion in our beautiful country.
The DA in the Western Cape is committed to ensuring that the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill is concluded fairly and with due regard to the Constitution of South Africa.
We remain the only political party which advances fairness, equality and justice within the domain of traditional leadership in South Africa.