Reintroducing the contentious Traditional Courts Bill
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When the Traditional Courts Bill [B15-2008] was first introduced in 2008 it was widely criticised for the nature and extent of judicial functions consigned to senior traditional leaders — and for the extent to which the vesting of such power in traditional leaders would deny constitutional justice for people living under customary law. Under public pressure the Bill was withdrawn from the National Assembly in June 2011. In mid-December the Bill’s reintroduction in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) was announced and it was tabled on 26 January 2012 as the Traditional Courts Bill [B1-2012]. The tabling was followed by public comments until the 15 February 2012.