Traditional leaders in KwaZulu-Natal are meeting with the provincial Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC, Sipho Hlomuka in Durban.
Their concerns include the killings of traditional leaders. In the latest incident, Chief Nkosiyesizwe Prince Msingaphantsi from the Mzwelethu Traditional Council was killed at his home by unknown people.
Last week, Chief Mandlakayise Nxumalo at Nazareth in Ladysmith was killed at his traditional council offices.
Cogta’s provincial spokesperson Nonala Ndlovu says, “We can confirm that the MEC is meeting with the traditional leadership and he is doing this while he is really distraught because barely a week after burying Inkosi Nxumalo. He has received the news of the demised Inkosi Msingaphantsi of Umzimkhulu and Induna Nene from Estcourt.
This is bound to be a key topic for discussion at the meeting as both aAmakhosi and MEC are deeply moved by these incidents which really challenge the dignity that should be accorded to the institution of traditional leadership.”
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Last month, the KwaZulu-Natal Secretary for the Congress of Traditional Leaders (Contralesa) Inkosi Nhlakanipho Maphumulo said the ongoing killings of traditional leaders in the province will top the agenda at the upcoming provincial elective conference.