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cosatuBL Premium reports that trade union federation Cosatu is deeply sceptical of the capacity of the government to implement a new law meant to protect the rights of women to independently own property.

Parliament recently passed the Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Amendment Bill (Ultra), which seeks to do away with provisions in the old apartheid act that were found to unconstitutionally discriminate against black African women in particular when tenure rights are upgraded to full ownership. The act only recognised men as the head of the family, which meant women could not be granted land tenure. Cosatu’s Matthew Parks welcomed the passing of the bill and said its provisions, including repealing various homeland and apartheid-era leftover legislation, would benefit millions of poor South Africans in urban and rural areas, and in particular women, who have long awaited the upgrading of land tenure rights into ownership. He pointed out, however, that the department of agriculture, land reform & rural development was unlikely to have the capacity to ensure all potential beneficiaries would be aware of their rights as provided for by the legislation and how to exercise them. He said parliament needed to hold the government to account and ensure that farm and other workers, rural and township residents, and in particular women, were fully empowered to exercise the rights as provided for by the bill when it came into effect.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Bekezela Phakathi at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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