Traditional councils' elections next month

2012-01-28 22:43

Saint Faiths - Elections for traditional councils will take place on February 19 in KwaZulu-Natal, Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube said on Saturday.

“The elections are crucial because traditional councils play a huge role in representing people’s interests,” she said.

Dube was speaking in Saint Faiths in KwaZulu Natal during the installation of Inkosi Bathebuya Cele by Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini.

Traditional council elections are part of government’s attempts to instil democratic principals in traditional governance because it plays an important role in South Africa's multi-cultural society.

The promulgation of the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act of 2003 meant that only 60% of the members of the council are appointed by the senior traditional leader.

The act stipulates that the other 40% of members of all traditional councils must be democratically elected.

For centuries, the appointment of all members of traditional councils were the prerogative of traditional leaders and their advisers.

Dube said the KwaZulu-Natal government took traditional leadership very seriously, saying that it had bought cars and paid tuition fees for traditional leaders.

“Twenty-one traditional leaders were recently trained at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on leadership. The course also helped them to understand how municipalities function.”

  • Juan - 2012-01-28 23:57

    "Dube said the KwaZulu-Natal government took traditional leadership very seriously, saying that it had bought cars and paid tuition fees for traditional leaders." beside the fancy Mercs and BMW's we are also financing their wives, children, mansions, servants and very comfy lifestyles. An uncalled for nad completely unnecessary drain on the taxpayer's finances, especially given the fact that there are only 3 million odd tax payers in SA that's been sucked dry out of a population of 50 million.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-29 13:40

      I agree, this is just another way to misuse funds. Do away with all of them.

  • Jacques Joubert - 2012-01-29 01:14

    And all these promotions 2 'super dumbo Dr' is gonna help u how?

  • Jacques Joubert - 2012-01-29 01:21

    U guys studied how ethnic groups function? I could tell u how it happens.

  • Max - 2012-01-29 04:55

    How can someone be a leader of people if they do not even understand how a municipality works? I mean seriously, get out of the bush, the wheel was invented many years ago and it is time that these so called cultures evolve into a modern day society where we are all free and equal. How is it possible that Africans cannot see that these traditions are nothing more than a means to keep them submissive. This so called traditional culture is a primitive form of society that all modern day societies went through and moved away from and there is nothing uniquely African about them and most certainly nothing to be proud of.

  • Rofhiwa Nelukalo Waboboni - 2012-01-29 06:14

    okay great next please

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