Merlewood residents introduced to chief

2015-11-26 06:00
PHOTOs: precious gumede The royal family will meet with Merlewood residents on Saturday (from left) Paul Noah (Kei-Korana leader), Paramount Chief Glen Taaibosch, Prince Hector Davids and Chief André De Bruin (senior leader of Kei Korana Kingdom Nata

PHOTOs: precious gumede The royal family will meet with Merlewood residents on Saturday (from left) Paul Noah (Kei-Korana leader), Paramount Chief Glen Taaibosch, Prince Hector Davids and Chief André De Bruin (senior leader of Kei Korana Kingdom Nata

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MERLEWOOD residents were introduced for the first time to their chief, Paramount Chief Glen Taaibosch - leader of the Kei Korana­ Kingdom Natal.

The Kei Korana Kingdom Natal was formed in Natal for the revival of the Korana tribal nation here which represents the coloured and Khoisan people.

Senior leader Chief André De Bruin said the purpose of the visit was to educate­ and let the coloured people, who are descendants of Khoisan, know that they do have royalty, just like in the African­ culture.

“The purpose of today’s visit is to inform the coloured people of their heritage and culture. We do have royalty and culture, its not self-made, its in the blood line and has been proved,” said De Bruin

De Bruin said coloured people are stereotypically classified “the people with no culture” and what is unknown to them is that the coloured people are the owners of the land as they existed in the 13th century.

The Kei Korana royal family were warmly welcomed by the residents who gathered at Merlewood Primary School hall.

De Bruin told the people they are here to fight for their rights.

“From today you will never be alone, we are here to fight all your struggles. We are not the stepchildren of this country,” he said

He said residents have housing problems and are fighting illiteracy, unemployment and other social ills.

De Bruin said it is as if the community is forgotten, whereas they are the custodians of this nation.

Taaibosch mentioned that there was a conference in Johannesburg over the weekend where Department of Land Reform discussed the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill.

“As we speak discussions are under way in Johannesburg on the Bill that recognises the Khoisan people which is very important to us as coloured people. We will be recognised for the first time. The Bill speaks of giving back land to the coloured people.

As the meeting continued the rain poured down and the people of Merlewood­ said it was a sign of blessings.

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