The LRC has launched a case on behalf of 12 individuals in the Limpopo High Court against seven Limpopo traditional authorities, the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, and the Limpopo Premier in order to challenge the taxes that tribal leaders impose on villagers. The South African Constitution provides that only elected legislative bodies may impose taxes, but tribal leaders have longed forced villagers to pay levies in order to acquire proof of residence, cut their own firewood, move between traditional jurisdictions, etc.  The LRC maintains that such taxes are unconstitutional.  In addition, the government pays 164 million rand annually to 177 traditional leaders in Limpopo.

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