Sonke joins march to protest Traditional Courts Bill

The Alliance for Rural Democracy held a night vigil on 4 June 2019 with community members from seven provinces in South Africa. These provinces were all gathered in anticipation for the march that would take place the morning of 5 June 2019.

The morning of 5 June 2019, Sonke Gender Justice, CAT members and other community members from rural areas and other civil organisations were gathered at Church Square in Pretoria to start the march to the Union Building where they would hand over a memorandum to the Office of the President.

The memorandum, amongst other things, demands that the President overhaul regressive legislation and not sign them into law. The legislation includes: The Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill and the Traditional Courts Bill. The memorandum argues that the Bills are unconstitutional and should be taken back to Parliament for a number of reasons.