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DA opposes traditional and Khoisan leadership bill

The DA in the Western Cape supports Khoisan people, whom the ANC continues to treat as second-class citizens, a leading provincial politician says. This is reflected in the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill currently before Parliament which, he says, doesn’t give the community the just and fair recognition it deserves.

In a press release issued on 11 January, provincial MP T Masizole Mnqasela, chairperson of the Western Cape Parliament’s Standing Committee on Local Government and Oversight, says the DA in the Western Cape doesn’t support the Bill in its current form. He says the Bill does not recognise the Khoisan leadership to the extent that other traditional leaders are recognised.

Mnqasela says public hearings on the bill were held in districts covering 30 municipalities, where “it was evident that the people rejected it, going as far as to equate it with an apartheid bill.” He feels the ANC government treats the Khoisan in the same way the apartheid government did.

“Two sections of the Bill are particularly problematic, only officially recognising two leaders representing the Khoisan, compared to four for other traditional communities,” Mnqasela pointed out. He says the worst insult is the stipulation that Khoisan leaders apply annually for their status to be renewed, rather than continuous recognition. “They can sleep and wake up having lost their recognition status,” he said, “which is pure discrimination.”

He also says the Bill pre-empts the work of the as-yet unestablished Commission on Khoisan Matters. “It allocates positions, therefore jumping the gun,” Mnqasela said.

He says other clauses also make recognising Khoisan communities more difficult than other communities. “This confirms we have two worlds for our traditional leadership, the world for the favourites and the other for stepchildren,” the MPP declared.

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