Inkosi Bafana Zondi leads Zondi tribe

2016-04-20 06:00
Inkosi Bafana Bongokuhle Zondi has been welcomed and declared the leader of Isizwe saseNgome

Inkosi Bafana Bongokuhle Zondi has been welcomed and declared the leader of Isizwe saseNgome

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FOR the past seven years the Zondi tribe has been without a leader since the killing of Inkosi Mbongeleni Zondi in January 2009. Now, to the tribe’s joy, a new leader, Inkosi­ Bafana Bongokuhle Zondi, has been welcomed and declared the leader of Isizwe saseNgome. This was gazetted in the provincial Government Gazette of 5 February.

On Saturday 2 April the family of the Inkosi was formally informed of this by officials from Cogta. The family welcomed the news with resounding applause signaling relief after seven years of confusion.
On Monday 11 April the inkosi took the oath of office before the Greytown magistrate signaling his ascendance to the throne and on 12 April he joined a number of traditional leaders in the Umzinyathi District, with the purpose of sharpening their swords.

Inkosi Bafana is a direct descendent of the Inkosi Bambatha ka Mancinza of the Poll Tax rebellion in 1906, who led guerilla warfare against the white regime at the time. The family is confident that Inkosi Bafana will follow in the footsteps of his great-grandfather and will do well in his new role to uplift his community. He has been groomed by experienced traditional leaders, including the late Inkosi Simakade Mchunu learning the ropes.

Inkosi Bafana will next year further his studies as he believes that tertiary education will make him better equipped to lead the community. This year he will be busy with Cogta short courses, which will be of benefit to the community.

A top priority for Inkosi Bafana will be to expedite the unveiling of the Inkosi Bambatha statue in Greytown - this function was postponed from last September as the family felt the inkosi should be part of the ceremony.

The Zondi family thanks those that stood by them when they lost their son in 2009, and to the institutions and individuals who gave support when there was no inkosi leading the family and the tribal council. - Sandile Zondi, family spokes- person.

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