Vhavenda

Princess not considered for traditional throne - because of being a woman

For all its constitutional commitment to the equality of women, South Africa still experiences difficulties when it comes to matters of traditional leadership. That’s because these are often resolved at the local level in a way that assumes women are ineligible for traditional leadership roles. Take for example the question of who should fill the vacant Vhavenda throne.

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When the traditional mechanisms to fill the Vhavenda throne began work, no-one seems to have given much thought to whether Princess Masindi Clementine Mphephu might be the right person to occupy the position.

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