Traditional leadership, democracy and human rights: a theoretical quagmire

SOURCE: Affrika: Journal of Politics, Economics and Society
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2009
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.P.Sithole
KEYWORDS: DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, POST APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA, TRADITIONAL AUTHORITIES
DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 6203

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Abstract

traditional leadership in South Africa is an example of the tension that exists between democracy and human rights as defined in Eurocentric terms, on the one hand, and social group rights as theoretically enshrined in the South African constitution, on the other hand. The aim of this paper is to unpack these theoretical tensions by referring to current analysis of traditional leadership into two schools of thought.