Traditional councils broke - Buthelezi

2011-07-19 15:34

Durban - IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi on Tuesday criticised the government for failing to fund traditional councils.

“You can have thousands of workshops, but if there are no budgets for traditional councils, you are just wasting time,” Buthelezi said in Durban during a workshop on traditional leadership in KwaZulu-Natal.

He is also chairperson of the Zululand house of traditional leaders.

Offices for traditional councils were struggling to operate because they were not receiving government funds.

“People who work in those offices do not get paid and there is also no money for water and electricity. This is bad. We did not expect this treatment from our black government,” he said.

Traditional leadership

The councils are intended to promote the role of traditional leadership and enhance unity among traditional communities. They also settle disputes through traditional courts.

Buthelezi joked that he asks his wife to provide food when his traditional council has meetings.

The first day of the two-day workshop was attended by acting Traditional Affairs Minister Nathi Mthethwa, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize and Co-operative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube.

Buthelezi said the government needed to give official recognition to houses of traditional leaders.

The workshop heard discussions about the role of traditional leaders in local government. Mthethwa said proper partnerships between traditional leadership structures and local government were needed. Some traditional leaders on Tuesday complained they were not given the opportunity to get involved in development issues involving municipalities.

They also called for the government to provide them with medical aids and help educate their children.

  • bill - 2011-07-19 15:44

    These councils should have no place in a democracy . They are a waste of money and time and reflect a bygone era.

      Azizi - 2011-07-19 16:01

      I don't believe they should be sponsered by the government but they have their place within the communities especially in the rural areas as they are in many cases cut off from the outside world. A democracy has nothing to do with culture.

      gatvol. - 2011-07-20 12:17

      if gays and lesbians can have room in democracy how can traditional leader fail to have room. and by traddition it does not mention any race.

  • TBOOZE - 2011-07-19 15:45

    Maybe if not all of the traditional councils funds weren't spent on Zwelithini maybe there would be some left for other things. There's one thing the government has to understand Zwelithini is Zulu peoples King not all of us South Africans. They spoil this Zwelithini like its a must thing to do were as most of us South Africans pay for it.

  • melchiedek - 2011-07-19 15:47

    can you please stop waisting money why cant they operate under municipality why should they have a separate bugdet where will they account for that budget,first thing they mention is medical aids for their children insted of roads,electricity,schools for the whole community.

  • Allin - 2011-07-19 16:08

    Shut them down

  • Makutu - 2011-07-19 16:08

    And are those things creating any jobs? Are they good for the economy? What does King Goodwill Zwelithini do for South Africa?

      melchiedek - 2011-07-19 16:12


      TBOOZE - 2011-07-19 17:09

      nothing,except demanding things to be done his own way ,and jaa Zuma is always willing to obey like a good servant he is

  • Lab-Rat - 2011-07-19 16:09

    Shouldn't we rather be moving in the direction towards civilization instead of away from it?

      msendi - 2011-07-19 18:48

      What is civilisation?

  • BigMoose - 2011-07-19 16:13

    Traditionally speaking, there was no money in Zulu culture.

      TBOOZE - 2011-07-19 16:19

      lol true

      BigMoose - 2011-07-19 16:31

      Neither was there electricity, BMW's, telephones, TV, microwave ovens, Rolex watches, Gucci shoes, Versace suits, deodorant, dark glasses, sushi, Johnny Walker, etc., etc.

  • Agent - 2011-07-19 16:34

    What do they contribute to the economy, zip nada zero so thats what they should get.

  • Marius Rossouw - 2011-07-19 16:36

    Bull dust. The Zulus can pay for their own traditional councils. So can the Xhosas, etc. You can't expect the tax payer to pay for your traditional councils, it has nothing to do with my Western culture.

      gatvol. - 2011-07-20 12:19

      i think your western culture has got a queen who has a budget so why not my african culture. ha ha ha.

  • chris van rensburg - 2011-07-19 17:38

    Then the Orania council will also qaulify for assistance.

  • Chewbacca - 2011-07-19 17:38

    traditional councils should not need money as money is not a traditional concept

  • chris.khanye - 2011-07-19 18:32

    Chief Buthelezi wants taxpayers to continue fund feudalism to benefit who? And why should the taxpayer pay for the education of traditional leaders' children? I pay for the upkeep of my children and this must apply to everybody else out there. Chief Buthelezi like other tradional leaders is a politician and is delusional to think, traditional leaders are the best thing after bubblegum. Away with feudal system in a democratic SA!!

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