NCOP Seeks Comment on Traditional Leadership Bill

Select Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

The select committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs has called for comment on the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill.

The national assembly passed the bill and sent it to the national council of provinces for concurrence in August 2017.

The bill was tabled in parliament in March 2017.

The bill’s explanatory summary was published in Government Gazette 40695 in the same month.

According to the traditional affairs department, the proposed legislation aims to amend the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act.

The bill seeks to:

•    Make provision for extended timeframes within which kingship or queenship councils have to be established;
•    Make provision for extended timeframes within which tribal authorities have to be constituted as traditional councils and within which traditional councils have to be reconstituted;
•    Provide for extended timeframes within which community authorities have to be disestablished; and
•    Align the term of office of the above-mentioned councils with the term of office of the National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL).

According to the explanatory summary, the extension of the timeframes is urgently needed as the term of office of the NHTL expires in August 2017 and traditional councils will need to be reconstituted in order to align with the NHTL.

The portfolio committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs adopted the bill with amendments.

A new clause 1 and clause 2 were inserted. Clause 2 deals with the election of traditional council members to community councils.

Comment is invited until 3 November 2017.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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