The contested law also defines the jurisdiction of traditional leaders in terms of territory. But traditional community boundaries are actually set by personal relationships.
The mere presence of NGOs, no matter their size or aims, inadvertently reduced the legitimacy of local village headmen.
The main reason land reform in South Africa has been lethargic is not the Constitution, but a flawed approach.
Shortcomings of Namibia's land reforms suggest that voluntary, market-based transactions might not be suitable.
The clash over South Africa's Traditional Courts Bill is essentially about custom and constitutionalism. The government is often seen as pandering to traditional leaders' whims.