KZN traditional leaders are calling on government to launch a commission of inquiry to probe the killings of izinduna in the province. Thirty-two izinduna have been killed between January 2019 to date in the province. Ubumbano lwezinduna – an organisation representing traditional leaders, said it is concerned about police action in the killings.
In addition, secretary general of the organisation, Falendoda Charles Malinga called on the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) to pay back the money owed to izinduna. The izinduna, who are currently paid close to R10 000 a month by Cogta, are collectively owed R1,4 billion by the department in back-pay.
Former president Jacob Zuma signed a proclamation in April 2014, which stated that the payment of izinduna must be back-dated to 2013 financial year. However, they were not paid between April 2013 to November 2016.