The Presidency announced that President Cyril Ramaphosa met with representatives of the National Khoi-San Council (NKC) this week ahead of the start of the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act next month.
The Presidency says that the implementation of this Act is a historic development as it gives formal recognition to Khoi and San leaders.
The purpose of the Act includes provision for:
- The recognition of Khoi and San communities and their leadership positions
- The functions and roles of traditional, Khoi and San leaders
- Recognition, establishment, functions, roles and administration of kingship or queenship councils, principal traditional councils, traditional councils, Khoi and San councils and traditional sub-councils and providing support to these councils
- Establishing, composing and functioning of the National House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders as well as the provincial and local houses
- The establishment and operation of the Commission on Khoi-San
- A code of conduct for members of the National House,
provincial houses, local houses and all traditional and Khoi-San councils
- The regulatory powers of the Minister and Premiers
- Transitional arrangements, the amendment of certain Acts, providing for the repeal of legislation and to provide for any related matters
“The meeting discussed the need for members of Khoi-San communities to be involved in land reform programmes and rural economic development. It also discussed transitional issues during the implementation of the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act,” the Presidency says.
President Ramaphosa acknowledged the NKC for their work to ensure Khoi and San communities are given the proper recognition. The President said that the government will work to ensure proper implementation of the Act and that the Khoi and San are integrated into traditional leadership structures.