What will 2019 bring for our people?

As the year draws to a close, the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill remains pending review at the National Council of the Provinces. We continue to draw attention to the serious flaws in the bill, which perpetuates many injustices against our peoples that have continued through colonial, apartheid, and current times. For cheap political gain… Continue reading What will 2019 bring for our people?

We reject the Leadership Bill

  The Cobuqua people were dispossessed of our ancestral lands in 1976 under the direction of the Chief Minister of the Transkei, Chief Kaiser Matanzima when the independent state of Transkei was formally established in the pursuit of the Verwoerdian apartheid fallacy of “separate but equal development”. As people whose First Nation status has yet… Continue reading We reject the Leadership Bill

19 June 1913 is not the beginning

Image from sahistory.org.za President Ramaphosa has said that the government will likely proceed with amending the Constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation to accelerate land redistribution in South Africa, in light of the widespread support that appears to have emerged for such a move in the public consultations of this proposal.  … Continue reading 19 June 1913 is not the beginning

Is there hope for us in the Article 25 debates?

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?

Demanding Recognition of First Nation Status for the Khoi San

– 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

Honouring World Indigenous Day

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