Bill to promote social cohesion, recognise Khoi-San

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Pretoria – Cabinet has approved the publication of a bill that will pave the way for the Khoi-San people to be recognised.

The Traditional Affairs Bill will soon be published in the Government Gazette for public comment.

Acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams said on Thursday: “The bill makes statutory provisions for the recognition of the Khoi-San and also addresses limitations of existing legislation relating to traditional leadership and governance.”

In 1994, the late Dawid Kruiper – who was well-known for his acting role as a tracker in the 1989 movie, The Gods Must Be Crazy II – made headlines when he hitch-hiked from the Kalahari to Cape Town in 2004 hoping to meet and talk to former President Thabo Mbeki without an appointment. Kruiper was a traditional healer and leader of the ‡Khomani San.

Williams said that since 1994, government paid special attention to the challenges relating to the Khoi-San.

“The bill will contribute to the National Development Plan’s key target relating to the broadening of social cohesion and unity while addressing the inequalities of the past,” she said. –

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