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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Traditional Courts Bill provincial mandates flip

A schedule of forthcoming meetings on the Traditional Courts Bill was announced at a meeting of the Select Committee on Security and Constitutional Development on 4 February 2014. Current provincial negotiating mandates on the Bill, to be discussed by the Committee on 12 February, can be downloaded here.

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Hamba kahle, Madiba

Hamba kahle, Madiba

UCT has proposed that Ring Road, which symbolically embraces its upper campus, be renamed The Madiba Circle in memory of former President Nelson Mandela, who died on 5 December.

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UCT mourns Madiba's passing

MadibaFlags at the University of Cape Town will fly at half-mast today as staff and students mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela. "Together with everyone in the country - and across the world - the university is experiencing overwhelming sadness and loss," said UCT Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price. Click here to read more...


AWETHU! - A new platform for social justice and accountability

Over the course of 2013, several meetings have been held to discuss the possibility of collective civil society action in the run up to the 2014 elections and the 20 year celebrations. It was agreed to build a 'platform for social justice and accountability' to connect and amplify individual voices, and reclaim government from political and economic elites.

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Restitution Bill submissions to Parliament due 1 November 2013

Submissions to Parliament on the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill are due on Friday, 1 November 2013. Download the following resources: Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill; Fact Sheet on the Restitution Bill; Guidelines on How to Make a Submission on the Restitution Bill.

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[Press Release] New land policies not addressing poverty, tackling inequality

Community organisations from eight provinces across South Africa expressed dismay and frustration at the extent to which the government's new land policies and Bills will undermine rural people’s rights in terms of the land reform process and access to land.

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[Media Release] New Restitution Bill reopens lodgment period for claims, but fails to address Khoi and San concerns

Media release issued on 15 October 2013 by Centre for Law and Society

On 15 October 2013, at a briefing on the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill to the relevant parliamentary portfolio committee, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform made it clear that Khoi and San people will not be able to lodge claims under the new Bill.

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[Media Alert] Victory for rural people as majority of provinces oppose Traditional Courts Bill, yet Parliament sends it back for more "consultation"

It emerged at the National Council of Provinces' (NCOP) Select Committee for Security and Constitutional Development today that the majority of provincial delegations oppose the Traditional Courts Bill. Despite this victory for rural people who have consistently opposed the Bill since 2008, the committee today decided to refer the Bill to the provincial legislatures for a third time. Download the Media Alert here.

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[Press Release] Rural redress or elite capture? Community responses to new land bills/policies

NGOs, CBOs, academic institutes/centres and community members are coming together at a workshop in Johannesburg on 3-4 October 2013 to develop strategies and responses to a number of recent land policies and bills by government.

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Announcing a new Criminology, Law and Society Masters programme for 2014

Public Law is offering a new interdisciplinary LLM/MPhil programme in Criminology, Law and Society in 2014, in conjunction with the Centre for Law and Society and the Centre of Criminology.

For more information download the brochure.

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Custom or crime - a thin line

Balancing the rights of young women against culture is a complex issue, says Dr Elizabeth Thornberry. Dr Thornberry was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Law and Society.

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Women's Day is cause for mourning, says UCT

we say enoughThe University of Cape Town will fly its flag at half-mast on Friday, 9 August 2013 to protest against the unchecked rise of violent crime against women and children in South Africa. The university’s website will be blacked out for the same reason. Click here to read more...


[Media Release] Centenary of the 1913 Natives Land Act: Post-apartheid laws re-entrench instead of undoing the act's legacy

Released by the Rural Women's Action Research Programme at the Centre for Law and Society

Tomorrow (19 June) it will be exactly 100 years after the adoption of the notorious 1913 Natives Land Act. It is a foundational law of the colonial and apartheid eras. Its enduring impact is still widely felt across the country. Its legacy is evident in continued racial and economic inequalities.

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RWAR Seminar: Crossing national boundaries? Traditional leadership and mineral wealth amongst the Bakgatla baKgafela

The Rural Women's Action Research Programme at the Centre for Law and Society invites you to a lunch time seminar on 3 June 2013. NOTE VENUE CHANGE TO ALL AFRICA HOUSE SEMINAR ROOM.

Please RSVP to Sue Wright via e-mail or telephone: 021 650 5906.

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A land divided: photo exhibition tells many stories

3 Tons of FunUmhlaba 1913-2013, the largest photographic exhibition on the land issue in South Africa, will run at Iziko SA National Gallery until 28 July. Click here to read more...


Conference marks Land Act centenary

Dr Mamphela RampheleMore than 180 papers were presented at the Land Divided conference, that opened at UCT last week, providing an opportunity for scores of researchers and government and civil society representatives to explore the legacy of the segregationist and far-reaching Land Act of 1913. Click here to read more...


Launch of new Custom Contested website

Custom Contested (www.customcontested.co.za) - a one-stop website that provides news, information and analysis on laws and policies affecting custom, "tradition" and citizenship rights - will go live on Wednesday, 27 March 2013.

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Press Statement on the Constitutional Court hearing in Sigcau v President of the Republic of South Africa

The Centre for Law and Society has intervened as a friend of the court in Sigcau v President of the Republic of South Africa and Others, an appeal before the Constitutional Court. The appeal involves a dispute as to the leadership of the amaMpondo, arising out of the findings of the Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims. A full press statement can be downloaded here.

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Welcome to the Centre for Law and Society!

Please note that as of 1 January 2013 the Law, Race and Gender Research Unit is to be known as the Centre for Law and Society (CLS). Over the next few weeks our website will be adapted to reflect our name change. We apologise for any technical difficulties you may experience as a result.

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