King cracks whip on chiefs

2012-03-14 00:00

FOR the first time King Goodwill Zwelithini will crack the whip on provincial amakhosi to ensure that they are part of the fight against poverty and the struggle for rural development in KwaZulu-Natal.

Addressing the official opening of the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders in Ulundi yesterday, the king said he will soon visit traditional communities without warning to ensure that amakhosi participate in programmes to fight poverty and develop their areas. The king said that amakhosi should ensure that they use the land left by the ancestors in their care, to develop the economy and create wealth for their communities.

“All amakhosi should set an example by being in the forefront of all community programmes meant to benefit their people.

“Traditionally amakhosi were torch-bearers of their nations. Nothing should happen in amakhosi’s areas without their knowledge,” declared the king.

The king also called for co-operation between developed white farmers and budding black farmers to ensure that the newly-established Dube Trade Port does not become a white elephant.

“We have to tend the land and keep livestock to ensure that our economy develops,” he said.

The king also complained about lack of action on the part of the provincial government regarding the high number of chieftaincy disputes.

There are about 143 chieftaincy disputes in KZN and Premier Zweli Mkhize said the provincial government is planning to meet the king and the royal family in an attempt to fast-track their resolution.

Some of these disputes had been referred for resolution to the Commission on Traditional Leadership and Claims, which was established last year by President Jacob Zuma.

In his speech the king said some amakhosi or their families had approached him and the royal family to resolve their disputes because of their dissatisfaction with the way the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) handled the disputes.

Government departments and some municipalities were also requested to respect the institute of traditional leadership.

Chairperson of the Zululand House of Traditional Leaders and IFP president, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, was conspicuous with his absence at the function attended by, among others, KZN Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube and Zululand District Municipality Mayor Zanele Magwaza-Msibi.

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