Twenty years of reconciling traditional governance with modern democracy

SOURCE: State of the Nation 2014: South Africa 1994-2014: a twenty-year review
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2014
TITLE AUTHOR(S): G.Hagg, C.Himonga
SOURCE EDITOR(S): T.Meyiwa, M.Nkondo, M.Chitiga-Mabugu, M.Sithole, F.Nyamnjoh
KEYWORDS: DEMOCRACY, GOVERNANCE, POST APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA
DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 8172

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Abstract

This chapter analyses the increasing tension between state support for traditional leadership and demands for the recognition of living customary law and multi-layered institutions during the twenty years of democratic governance. The analyses includes the role of the courts in directing and correcting the course of the reconciliation process in policy-making. The chapter concludes with some suggestions towards resolving the challenges on fundamental issues.