June 19, 2019

As the debate on land restitution gains momentum, with unseemly haste displayed by the ruling party which couldn't even wait for the parliamentary process to run its course, now is a good time to stop and look back. The decade-long MalaMala land deal provides a salutary lesson on the need to tread with great caution. Before the country-wide consultation process got underway Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Rural Development and Land Reform discussed this example of how land redistribution can go very wrong, even if it is agreed in principle that this is what it will take for transformation ti become a reality.

Here is something for those who are wondering when the state capture investigation will get underway. It turns out that a small start has already been made.

The Department of Labour “ignored the letter or spirit of decisions taken by the Labour Portfolio Committee” when it came to processing the three labour laws recently passed by the National Assembly.

Representatives from the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) expressed anger and “disgust” at the way the Office of the Institute Supporting Democracy (OISD) has gone ahead with the process of amalgamating Chapter 9 Institutions, without considering the special role that the gender commission plays in a society fraught with violence against women and girls and particularly harsh patriarchal discrimination.

A number of concessions have been introduced to the controversial hate speech Bill to placate those who regard it as a threat to democracy and civil rights.

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