The National Khoi and San Council described the newly passed Traditional and Khoi San Leadership Bill as a chance for a marginalised community to rebuild themselves in a meaningful way. President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the bill on Thursday, which gives leaders of Khoi San groups more authority over land rights.
According to Secretary-General of the council, Frans Kraalshoek, the bill will allow Khoikhoi and San people the opportunity to live under traditional law and custom. “We want to affirm the UN Special Rapporteur’s statement in his report, that expressed traditional leaders are custodians of the moral, value, cultural and social systems of many people in South Africa which the apartheid system had mainly undermined,” he said.
Kraalshoek expressed his appreciation to the president. “We want to affirm the UN Special Rapporteur’s statement in his report that said that traditional leaders are custodians of the moral, value, cultural and social systems of many people in South Africa, which the apartheid system had mainly undermined,” said the Secretary.
The bill was opposed by certain factions who claim that it will benefit a small number of people while further marginalising the larger community. “We want to dispel the myth of people saying this Act will only benefit a few opportunists. Now that we are formally existing in South Africa, we have a better chance of ensuring our indigenous languages,” said Kraalshoek.
“It now also gives the Khoikhoi and San communities a stronger ground to ensure their land reform concerns are included in the national developmental initiatives and priorities on par with other communal land challenges,” he added. –