Mashatile intervenes in Hammanskraal chieftaincy dispute

2016-06-02 18:38
Paul Mashatile (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Government, royals meet over Hammanskraal land strife

2016-06-02 18:12

Watch as Paul Mashatile, MEC for Human Settlements in Gauteng, provides feedback on a meeting with royal family in Hammanskraal.WATCH

Pretoria - Gauteng Housing and Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile says he will meet all the members of the Kekana royal family in Hammanskraal and try to resolve the dispute over who is in charge of land that was recently the scene of violent protests, following an eviction attempt.

"I will come back and meet all members of the royal family where there might be disputes," Mashatile said after meeting with Chief Cornelius Kekana on Thursday.

"It's very clear who is in charge here and there is only one chief. As far as we are concerned as government, this [Cornelius Kekana] is the only chief we work with for AmaNdebele in Hammanskraal."

There have been disputes regarding the chieftaincy of the AmaNdebele tribe in Hammanskraal. 

There are two factions, AmaNdebele-A-Lebelo, who are led by Kekana and AmaNdebele-A-Moletlane, who are led by Chief Lleka Jacob Kekana.

The disagreements within the royal house were highlighted during the evictions that left two security workers dead after they tried to remove people from land belonging to the royal family.

Amicable solution

The City of Tshwane has maintained that it was the royal family who obtained the court order to remove the squatters, but both factions have denied doing so.

Mashatile said it was understandable for disputes to occur in families and they would be looking at ways to find an amicable solution to the problem.

"Others might be from the royal family, but they are not in charge. Like any other family, sometimes you have disputes where others feel they are in charge. We made it very clear that there is only one chief and that is what we are going to work with," he said.

Mashatile added that it was important to meet with the royal family in order to iron out a few issues and be on the same page in order to deliver services in the area.

"We felt it was important that whatever we are going to do in this area, we should move in the same direction with the royal family. The royal family owns some pieces of land in the area.

"Whatever development must happen, they must be part of it," he said. 

Mashatile said he and Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa had committed to bringing in resources for bulk infrastructure development in the area.

Restoring people's dignity

"From today, going forward, there will be orderly development. Even the people who were on the land not in an orderly way, we will find a way to take care of them. Issues of land claims will also be attended to," said Mashatile.

Chief Cornelius Kekana said he was happy with the outcome of the meeting and the fact that the situation had been resolved amicably.

Ramokgopa said the meeting was to facilitate and ensure that government restored the dignity of people and ensured development of the area. 

"The technical team will work on the detail of investments that need to be made in terms of the bulk infrastructure for the area. We are confident that the skirmishes of the past will remain in history and there will be qualitative development of the area and [improvement of] the quality of life for our people," he said.

Chief Lleka Jacob Kekana, who was also at the meeting, said he was happy with Mashatile looking into the matter. He said he hoped the dispute would finally be put to rest.

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