Nkosi Mzimela ‘defended the role of chiefs’

2014-12-26 11:39

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Nkosi Impiyezintombi Mzimela, who died yesterday, had fought to defend the role of traditional leaders within the government structures, the Inkatha Freedom Party said.

“His passing away has left a void in the structures of traditional leaders especially at a time when the role of traditional leadership is still to be finalised,” IFP chairperson Blessed Gwala said today.

A former chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders, Inkosi Impiyezintombi Mzimela died after having been hospitalised for the past few weeks.

Gwala said that Mzimela had also served as a member of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature as well as a school principal.

Kwazulu-Natal co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube paid tribute to Mzimela as a man of integrity.

“Inkosi Mzimela was instrumental in the post-apartheid development of the institution of traditional leadership and in the establishment of its structures as we know them today,” Dube-Ncube said.

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