The current land debate in South Africa has particular resonance for Indigenous KhoiSan peoples. We agree that the redistribution of resources in contemporary South Africa is an imperative question. The pace of change since the official end of apartheid has been slow, and it is important that questions around a fairer way of living in… Continue reading Is there hope for us in the Article 25 debates?
– from Marjorie Jobson, guest blogger from Khulumani For the past six days, rain has poured down on the City of Tshwane (Pretoria). It is for these past six days, that Chief Khoisan SA and two of his people have waited patiently in the small encampment that they have set up close to the 9 metre… Continue reading Demanding Recognition of First Nation Status for the Khoi San
August 9 is commemorated as International World Indigenous Day each year. We, the Cobuqua people, celebrate the resilience of Indigenous Peoples worldwide who have survived the ravages of colonialism for many decades. In South Africa, the Khoi-San people suffered dispossession by European settlers, followed by their attempted enforced assimilation that resulted in the erasure of… Continue reading Honouring World Indigenous Day
As the government of South Africa prepares to review the governance of traditional leadership in the country, the Cobuqua people, in partnership with Khulumani Support Group, have submitted a brief on their concerns with the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Bill. We continue to express our reservation about the use of terminology such as… Continue reading Legislating our lives
Earlier this year in February, Deputy Minister Obed Bapela said that granting First Nation status to KhoiSan peoples was not possible. He made the comments in the context of a parliamentary committee hearing on the Traditional and KhoiSan Leadership bill. The deputy minister’s reasoning was that understandings of Indigenous rights were more appropriate to contexts… Continue reading South Africa is no different, Mr Bapela
Chief Joseph Wade has been the traditional leader of the Cobuqua people for many years now. The community is scattered throughout the area that was once the apartheid homeland of Transkei, often uprooted from their old homesteads like the one in the image. The precarious status of those of Khoi-San ancestry within this jurisdiction has… Continue reading In the era of freedom
As Europeans colonised many continents during the era of imperial expansion, many settler men enforced their hold on land by marrying women Indigenous to that country. This intermarriage gave rise to populations of mixed settler and Indigenous ancestry, such as the people who became known as the Métis in Canada. In South Africa, a similar… Continue reading The apartheid years