It is twenty-five years since the transition to democracy in South Africa. Some of the most enduring challenges to that transition have been the questions of the role of customary law and traditional leadership in the new democratic state.
The Citizenship & Accountability conference, co-hosted by the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, the Programme for the Foundations of Law & Constitutional Government in Oxford, and the Land and Accountability Research Centre at the University of Cape Town, drew together scholars, practitioners and judges from South Africa and beyond to discuss the question around litigating customary law and traditional leadership under South Africa's democratic constitution.
Monday 17 June 2019
Session 1: Where are we now? The Constitution, Traditional Leaders and Customary Law
Chair: Tembeka Ngcukaitobi
Session 2: What is living customary law? And how should the courts identify it and apply it?
Chair: Nick Barber
Session 3: Mining and Resources: issues arising from recent ligitation
Chair: Nolundi Luwaya
Session 4: Traditional leaders and communities, money and accountability
Chair: Jonny Steinberg
Tuesday 18 June 2019
Session 5: The Scope of Chiefly Power
Chair: Jason Brickhill
Session 6: The Way Forward
Chair: Thandabantu Nhlapo