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By Lungisile Ntsebeza

Democracy Compromised is ready conventional experts (chiefs of varied ranks) in a democracy. The ebook addresses frequently integrally comparable questions. First, how regardless of their position within the apartheid country, conventional specialists haven't purely survived, yet have received unheard of powers in rural governance in South Africa's democracy, and, secondly, how they derive their authority. It argues that chieftaincy has constantly been contested and that it has all through its historical past because the creation of colonialism been depending on the aid of the country. The position of conventional professionals within the land allocation technique is critical to our figuring out, not just in their survival, yet on how they derived their authority. The e-book should be of specific curiosity to lecturers, researchers, scholars, activists and coverage makers.

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Conclusion To re-iterate, this book is about traditional authorities in a democracy. It deals with this question at two closely related levels. On the one hand, the book 34 CHAPTER 1 considers the question of the survival of traditional authorities up to the postcolonial/apartheid era. The key issue here is whether they have survived as a result of their popularity or because of their control of resources, including the allocation of land. On the other hand, the book examines the tension between traditional authority and democracy.

Thus, while accepting some Western influences, ‘school’ people held on to some of their customs, such as the initiation ceremony of boys coming of age. Chiefs, on the other hand, imbibed some of the Western values, although they did not encourage their subjects to follow suit. According to Stanford, “chiefs wore European dress but most of their followers had blankets daubed as usual with red orchre” (Macquarrie 1958: 21). C. Jordan (1974). K. Matthews, so English and yet so African? Of the women I know, there are none as African and aware of their great African heritage as she is.

What Sklar means by this is that “traditional political jurisdictions” would occupy “a second dimension of political space – a dimension behind the sovereign state”, assuming a “Janus-like, or back-toback” arrangement. The political officials of these “second” states, the traditional authorities, “hold positions of public trust in accordance with customary rules, although their appointments and functions are normally regulated by statutory law as well” (Sklar 1994: 1). Sklar argues for a unified political system that would contain within it a “separate source of political authority, embedded in tradition”.

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