amaHlubi nation contests kingship

2016-06-10 06:00
 Photo: Siphelele Nketo Escorted by traditional leaders and chiefs (front left), King Langalibalele Radebe II.

Photo: Siphelele Nketo Escorted by traditional leaders and chiefs (front left), King Langalibalele Radebe II.

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THE amaHlubi nation is to contest in court its “kingship” to be recognised like other kings in the country after it was disbanded by Nhlapho Commission years ago.
The commission was appointed by former president Thabo Mbeki to resolve disputes on chieftaincy and after recommendations of legitimate kingships in the country amaHlubi lost their status.

Last Saturday amaHlubi king Langalibalele Radebe II was in Kokstad to prepare for the Supreme Court of Appeal battle next month.

Chiefs across the country belonging to the nation attended the meeting to seek a way forward before the 25 July court date.
In his speech Radebe called for unity among the chiefs to win this battle. He said amaHlubi are to be found in KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Khayakhulu village in North West.

The amaHlubi national working committee co-ordinator, Chief Jobe Radebe said amaHlubi chiefs are oppressed in the country.
“AmaHlubis are not progressing in terms of developing their areas.
“Our children and chiefs should know their king. In this country no one counts us when kings are mentioned.”

A portion of land in some parts of South Africa is under claim by the nation. The nation also called for the Hlubi language to be added to the 11 official languages.

Sonwabo Dingazwe, who is fast-tracking the process of Hlubi language, said he and other Hlubis established a NPO in 2012 working with linguistic university professors.

“We are visiting areas where people speaks isiHlubi and do sound recordings for university professors.
“We are in the process of getting a license from Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) for the isiHlubi community radio station.”

Other chiefs at the meeting said they hope the court rules in their favour­ so they can plan traditional celebrations for the
amaHlubi.

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