The buoyancy factor: the tenacity of traditional leadership

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2008
TITLE AUTHOR(S): P.Sithole
KEYWORDS: DEMOCRACY, POST APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA, TRADITIONAL AUTHORITIES, WOMEN
DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
Web link: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/review/september-2008/traditional-leadership
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Abstract

Traditional leadership is often judged as an anomaly within a democratic system of governance. It lives in tension with the land-reform programme, and the hereditary nature of its top position (ubukhosi) seems to discriminate against women. Yet, people who live under this system do not seem to protest forcefully against it. Pearl Sithole explains the resilience of traditional leadership in South Africa.