- Marianne Thamm
In the past 20 years the power, role and political significance of traditional leaders in South Africa has risen considerably. And while the Constitutional Court has sought to deal with Customary Law in a flexible, philosophical and creative fashion, lower courts have tended to apply this law in a rigid fashion, often out of step with the Bill of Rights and the constitutional rights of communities. This week the Judicial Services Commission meets to interview five female candidates, four for a position on the Constitutional Court. With government trying to enhance and entrench the role of traditional leaders in the country the appointment matters, a lot. By MARIANNE THAMM.