Traditions and culture need to be respected and protected while ensuring that all people have democratic power and equality before the law. These bills do not do that. The TKLB does recognise the Khoi-San people, but the rest of this bill is about giving new oppressive powers to unelected chiefs like the apartheid government did. People should have a choice to attend a traditional court, but if Parliament’s version of the TCB becomes law, chiefs would be able to punish people who challenge them. through traditional court processes.
Accountable traditional leaders and courts exist. They do not need laws like this.