In this Working Paper, Sithandiwe Yeni explores
resistance by people over land rights violations by traditional leadership. Her paper seeks to
explore ways in which people living in communal areas under the authority of
traditional leadership resist when their land rights are violated by
traditional leaders who abuse their power when opportunities for profit arise. Her
paper forms part of an ongoing MISTRA research project on ‘Mediating
Convergence and Divergence: Traditional Leadership and Customs in a
Constitutional Democracy’. Her chapter is entitled, 'Traditional Leadership, Violation of Land Rights and Resistance from Below in Makhasaneni village KwaZulu-Natal.'