Saturday, 30 April 2022 12:49

Ramaphosa reaffirms his commitment to attend to issues raised by traditional leaders.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

President Cyril Ramaphosa says government is aware that there has been a delay in implementing some of the proposals that traditional leaders have been raising. 

Ramaphosa told the Contralesa conference held in Boksburg, Gauteng, on Saturday, that he would consider all the issues raised by the traditional leaders.

The president said he met with the leaders of Contralesa in February where they identified 16 issues the government needed to address.

However, when they sat down the list included a number of issues that required urgent attention of the government.

He told the conference that despite delays in addressing some of the issues he would ensure that matters were dealt with.

Traditional leaders wanted a probe into the killing of traditional leaders, said Ramaphosa.

"They also raised an important issue that there has been a spate of targeting traditional leaders.

"In a number of cases traditional leaders have been killed.

"They said 33 traditional leaders have lost their lives.

"They said there was a need to set up a commission to investigate this," said Ramaphosa.

Traditional leaders also told Ramaphosa they want the government to turn their stipends into salaries and to remunerate their spouses.

He said he would attend to the issues that have been raised by traditional leaders, and nothing would be swept under the carpet.

Ramaphosa said he had established an interministerial task team chaired by Deputy President David Mabuza to focus on the resolution of matters raised by the traditional leaders.

"Premiers, together with MECs responsible for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, and Houses of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders will also be part of the meetings focusing on resolving matters in their respective areas. "

Ramaphosa added that he wants the issues to be addressed so traditional leaders can assist the government with developmental issues.