Thursday, 19 January 2012

Civil Response to the Issues and Challenges of the South African’s Women to Land Tenure Security

At present according to civil response towards the Land Tenure reform programme in South Africa has been deemed to be the slowest. The other issue in this regard is the constitutional commitment of gender equality and that it claims to address women’s representation and allowing women to organize themselves in order to receive grants for land allocation to their farming projects. There had been a recent call to court by the communities of Kalkfontein, Maluleke, Makgobistad and Dixie from Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Their argument is that the
Communal Land Rights Act is unconstitutional. That government will be handing over their land to a tribal council which has not been democratically elected. In their recent newspaper article, these communities feel that their tenure will be insecure and that traditional elders have “undemocratic and unprecedented” powers and are most likely to undermine women’s rights and black ownership of land. The communities argue that the CLRA actually undermine their tenure and makes it more insecure. The Act as they claimed will transfer the ownership of communal land from the state to tribal authorities as it does not address the need for individual security of tenure and any accountable form of land administration. Further in a conclusion they stated that there should be attention given to access full control of land which they are obscured from.

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