Inkosi Mthembu recognised by government

2016-09-14 06:00
Photo: supplied iLembe District mayor Sduduzo Gumede, KZN MEC for COGTA Nomusa Dube-Ncube, Inkosi Vusi Nicholas Mthembu and KwaDukuza mayor Ricardo Mthembu during the restoration of the AbaThembu traditional leadership in the Nonoti area.

Photo: supplied iLembe District mayor Sduduzo Gumede, KZN MEC for COGTA Nomusa Dube-Ncube, Inkosi Vusi Nicholas Mthembu and KwaDukuza mayor Ricardo Mthembu during the restoration of the AbaThembu traditional leadership in the Nonoti area.

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INKOSI Vusi Mthembu of the Nonoti area was recently officially recognised as the traditional leader of the area by the KZN government.

Spokesperson for the department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Lennox Mabaso said that this falls in line with the KwaZulu-Natal Traditional Leadership and Governance Act, 2005 (Act no. 5 of 2005), which, he said, is founded in terms of the Constitution.

“The family had its traditional leadership revoked by the colonial government for dubious reasons that undermined traditional leadership, in a bid to dismantle and divide the African nation,” he said.

The MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube visited the family to officially inform them of the provincial government’s decision to recognise their traditional leadership and their community.

Mabaso said this means the clan will now have its own traditional leadership restored.

In her address to the family, Dube-Ncube thanked the government for the effort that has been put by them in trying to correct the wrongs of the past, especially concerning the institution of traditional leadership.

“Our presence here with you marks a turning point for us as government; as great effort has gone into correcting the injustices of the past through various legislation that are aimed at recognising those things that belonged to our communities, but were taken away from them by oppressive colonial governments.

“The recognition of Inkosi Vusi Nicholas Mthembu as Inkosi in his community is yet another step being taken by the provincial government to ensure that this important institution of traditional leadership continues to be strengthened in our province,” Dube-Ncube said.

The department of Cogta has undertaken to build a community service centre in this community which will ensure that Inkosi is accessible to his community in the same vicinity as councillors, along with government services from the various sectors.

KwaDukuza mayor Ricardo Mthembu has described Inkosi Mthembu’s restoration as a traditional leader and the proclamation of the Nonoti area in KwaDukuza as a traditional community as a historic event.

"We welcome the new developments, the recognition of iNkosi Mthembu proves true of government’s efforts to liberate the people who were previously robbed of their assets and powers by the government of the past,” Mthembu said.

He said, however, that the recognition of Mthembu as the traditional leader of the Nonoti area does not award him ownership of the land, but rather this rests with the Inqaba Trust. Inqaba Trust will take responsibility for land related matters, mayor Mthembu added.

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