A history of the Bill

April 2008: Introduced in the National Assembly.

June 2011: Bill withdrawn due to public concerns about the Bill’s content and lack of public consultation.

January 2012: Introduced in National Council of Provinces. Triggers nationwide campaign to stop the Bill.

2014: Bill fails to win majority vote by provinces and lapses at time of national elections.

2015-2016: Government forms reference group to work on drafting a new Bill version.

January 2017: Revised Bill introduced in Parliament, addressing some past concerns.

March 2018: Oral submissions presented by selected stakeholders at Parliament. Hostility shown to some presenters.

August 2018: Parliament’s Portfolio Committee changes Bill to undo many of the improvements.

March 2019: National Assembly passes the Bill without any clause that allows people to opt-out of traditional courts.