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Matatiele applauded for hosting a successful Traditional Leaders’ Summit

As part of strengthening working relations with Traditional Leaders, Matatiele local municipality has from the 22nd – 24th of October 2018 held Traditional Leaders’ Summit at the Matatiele town hall. 

The Summit main objectives were to re-enact and solidify the pledge entered into between Departments of Home Affairs, Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Provincial House of Traditional leaders and Matatiele local municipality. This in order to create a platform for dialogue between the institution of traditional leadership, government and other stakeholders. Promotion of nation building and social cohesion in the context of Ubuntu; resolution of challenges around cultural practices that violate legislative rights of individuals and communities also formed part of the summit content. Strengthening the role of traditional leaders in radical economic development and land matters was also discussed.

The summit targeted mainly Traditional Councils in Matatiele area. Speaking at this three-day event, Inkosi Nzulu Sigcawu, Chairperson of the Local House of Traditional Leaders, Morena Khomotsoana Lebenya from the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders and Inkosi Nkosinathi Jezile from Moral Regeneration Movement strongly condemned criminal activities. Some of those included, the killings of people living with albinism, gender based violence against young and old women and killings of old women who are accused of practicing witchcraft. 

Honourable Nyusile from Eastern Cape Legislature pleaded with Traditional leaders to go back to basics by convening traditional council meetings to communicate with their people issues that affect them. He made it clear that “Councillors are not in competition with traditional leaders, they are all representing communities” said Hon. Nyusile. He further applauded Matatiele local municipality for convening the Summit with traditional leaders and for always having safe return of initiates. 

Delivering keynote address, Dr. Somadoda Fikeni who hails from Emaxesibeni, indicated that some of the challenges causing the state to collapse include gross lack of honesty including courage and compassion deficit. He also mentioned common sense and vision deficit, power, alcohol and drugs abuse as serious enemies of progress.   
He presented tips that can make relations between government and traditional leaders to work.

Dr. Fikeni also mentioned that as custodians of heritage, traditional leaders must respect their tradition. 

In conclusion, Dr. Fikeni indicated that a program for peace and reconciliation must be initiated.

Cllr Sonwabile Mngenela welcoming delegates to the 3 –day Summit

From left: Morena Khomotsoana Lebenya from the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders, Inkosi Nzulu Sigcawu, Chairperson of the Local House of Traditional Leaders and Inkosi Nkosinathi Jezile from Moral Regeneration Movement

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