Tra­di­tional lead­er­ship bill re­jected

Saturday Star - - NATION - African News Agency (ANA)

KHOISAN leader Chief Khoisan SA and his fel­low men who have been camp­ing out­side the Union Build­ings in Pre­to­ria for al­most two months said yes­ter­day that they re­jected the Tra­di­tional and Khoisan Lead­er­ship Bill which was passed by the

Na­tional Coun­cil of Provinces.

“We re­ject the bill in all its forms, the bill doesn’t talk about the is­sues we’ve brought for­ward for years, our first na­tion sta­tus, our of­fi­cial lan­guage sta­tus, land claims as well as our iden­tity,” said Chief Khoisan SA.

The bill was passed on Thurs­day. This is the se­cond time the men have camped out­side the Union Build­ings.

In 2017 they walked bare­foot for 18 days from their homes in Port El­iz­a­beth in the Eastern Cape to Pre­to­ria.

Chief Khoisan SA re­jected the bill and said that it did not recog­nise the in­dige­nous Khoisan tribe as the “first na­tion” and right­ful own­ers of the land in South Africa.

“Cur­rently govern­ment is busy with a land ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion bill. We are mak­ing it clear to govern­ment that all pro­ceed­ings re­gard­ing land ex­pro­pri­a­tion must stop now.

“It is not the land of the govern­ment, it is the land that be­longs to the first na­tion,” he said.

The group also said their lan­guage – which is in the coat of arms – must be made of­fi­cial.

Chief Khoisan SA said he was not happy that they were still clas­si­fied as “coloured”.

He said they wanted to be recog­nised as Khoisan, San or Bush­men.

“We will be sit­ting here even for 100 years.

“What the govern­ment must know is that the longer it takes for them to lis­ten, they are los­ing the faith of the peo­ple,” said Chief Khoisan SA.

The bill was backed by all provinces ex­cept for the Da-led Western Cape.

The Western Cape op­posed the bill on the grounds that it used dif­fer­ent cri­te­ria when it came to Khoisan peo­ple than with other tra­di­tional lead­ers and was there­fore dis­crim­i­na­tory.


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