Limpopo to probe 568 traditional leadership disputes

2012-05-18 13:44

The Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs in Limpopo has appointed a commission to probe disputes and claims relating to traditional leadership in the province.

The Kgatla Commission, as it will be known, will be led by commissioner Ramokone Kgatla and will investigate 568 disputes involving senior traditional leaders, headmen and headwomen in the province.

Kgatla will be assisted by four commissioners who are experienced lawyers, historians and anthropologists.

Announcing the commission in Polokwane today Cooperative Governance MEC Clifford Motsepe said “this commission is charged with the responsibility of resolving all these disputes and claims to the satisfaction of all parties.

The commission will start its work in earnest next week and will hold sittings in all five districts in Limpopo”.

The commission, said Motsepe, will solve and analyse a maximum of 100 cases a year and is expected to complete its work by 2015.

Unlike the Nhlapo Commission, the Kgatla Commission will not probe disputes involving kingships. There are 28 such disputes in Limpopo.

Disputes over traditional leadership in Limpopo are devided into the following categories:

» Disputes among royal family members over the rightful heir to the throne;

» Disputes by headmen claiming senior traditional leadership status and;

» Disputes over boundaries and farms or portions of farms.

On completion of its work, the commission will make recommendations to the premier.

“What we are promising is that by 2015 we would have heard and analysed all the cases”, said Motsepe.

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