Democracy Compromised: Cheifs And the Politics of the Land by Lungisile Ntsebeza

By Lungisile Ntsebeza

Democracy Compromised is set conventional professionals (chiefs of assorted ranks) in a democracy. The e-book addresses typically integrally similar questions. First, how regardless of their function within the apartheid nation, conventional professionals haven't in basic terms survived, yet have gained unheard of powers in rural governance in South Africa's democracy, and, secondly, how they derive their authority. It argues that chieftaincy has continually been contested and that it has all through its historical past because the creation of colonialism been depending on the help of the country. The position of conventional gurus within the land allocation method is principal to our realizing, not just in their survival, yet on how they derived their authority. The booklet could be of specific curiosity to lecturers, researchers, scholars, activists and coverage makers.

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It is not clear, though, what the nature of this incorporation would be. Thus it appears, following Sklar, that the main conditions for an effective system of “mixed government” are, firstly, that there are clear roles for “traditional” and “democratic” systems, and, secondly, that it is accepted that the traditional system plays a secondary and subordinate political role. Its functions should be advisory, ceremonial and extra-constitutional. This point is of crucial importance to the South African situation.

He suggests a second chamber of chiefs to ensure that the local government is integrated into the central state (Van Trotha 1996: 102). The integrated model The argument in favour of co-existence has come under attack from proponents of a thesis, which seeks to integrate aspects of traditional rule into post-colonial democratic local government. One of the supporters of this approach, Ismail (1999), has been critical of the manner in which post-colonial African states, including Ghana and South Africa, have addressed the role of traditional authorities.

While this book agrees with Mamdani that Native Authorities were despotic, mimicking their colonial masters, it is questionable whether they were decentralized, and that the colonial state could be viewed as bifurcated. Decentralisation implies some degree of devolution of powers and autonomy. The evidence on which this book is based suggests that Tribal Authorities, while despotic, were not decentralized in the sense that they were autonomous and had significant powers devolved to them. Magistrates, who were representatives of the colonial state at a district level, assumed tight controlled over Tribal Authorities.

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