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Mepanie Peters observes that, since the inception of the new constitution, traditional leaders in South Africa have been advocating for strengthening of their role in the justice system. Traditional courts, also known as chiefs' courts, have played a significant role in the administration of justice in the African community. Some see these courts as prototypes of desirable dispute-resolution mechanisms; others see them as outmoded in a modern social, economic, and political context. In this article, Melanie Peters surveys arguments for and against traditional courts in South Africa.

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