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dc.contributor.authorGodsell, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned2014-01-08T12:15:49Z
dc.date.available2014-01-08T12:15:49Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationGodsell, S. 2013. New “traditional” strategies and land claims in South Africa: a case study in Hammanskraal. New Contree : A journal of Historical and Human Sciences for Southern Africa. 67:139-165, Nov. [http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/4969]en_US
dc.identifier.issn0379-9867
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10394/9879
dc.description.abstractIn post-apartheid South Africa, many hopes were pinned on the process of land-restitution to be a major part of power and wealth redistribution. However, as the land claims process is linked to demonstrable historical legitimacy, this process has sometimes necessitated both the restating and reinventing of local histories and “ethnic identities”, in line with new political structures or moral frameworks. This article addresses continuity and innovation in strategies around historical adaptation to governance structures, ethnicity and “traditional” structures in South Africa. These themes will be explored using Hammanskraal, located in the north of Gauteng, as a case study, examining the way legitimacy has been gained, constructed and established in two specific periods: around 1911-1944 and 1995-2010. In 1944, government ethnographer NJ Van Warmelo produced a history of Johannes “Jan Tana” Kekana’s Ndebele, depicting the history and lineage of the AmaNdebele-a-Moletlane group. In 1995, a substantial land-claim was lodged by a contestant for the chieftaincy of the AmaNdebele-a-Moletlane, presenting a different historical background that contested the narrative produced by Van Warmelo. The contestant for the chieftaincy, not currently officially recognised by South African state structures, has used various strategies to concretise his position. These strategies show how entrenched historical legitimacy is being counteracted by popular modes of expression, construction and communication. This new politics, consciously constructed around ideas of traditional structures and legitimacy, interacts with new power structures, adding the importance of political connections or resources to the construction of the claim. Contextualising this historically shows how continuities regarding “traditional” authorities have interacted with the state before, during and after apartheid.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSchool for Basic Sciences, Vaal Triangle Campus, North-West Universityen_US
dc.subjectChieftaincyen_US
dc.subjectHammanskraalen_US
dc.subjectAmaNdebele-a-Moletlaneen_US
dc.subjectAmaNdebele ba Lebelo Chieftaincy disputesen_US
dc.subjectLegitimacyen_US
dc.subjectOral historyen_US
dc.subjectHistorical adaptationen_US
dc.subjectLineagesen_US
dc.subjectKnowledge productionen_US
dc.subjectNJ Van Warmeloen_US
dc.titleNew “traditional” strategies and land claims in South Africa: a case study in Hammanskraal.en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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