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Wednesday, 03 July 2024 21:30

KZN Cogta MEC commits to find a solution to stop the killing of traditional leaders.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Reverend Thulasizwe Buthelezi, met with the representatives of Traditional Leaders from the province's 11 districts.

Buthelezi has committed that his department will find urgent solutions to tackle the killing of Amakhosi.

He made the call during his first meeting with the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial House of Traditional and Khoisan leaders held in Durban. 

The meeting was also attended by representatives from the local houses across the 11 districts in the province.

During the meeting, Amakhosi, through the House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders Chairperson, Inkosi Shinga, presented a list of issues they felt the MEC needs to look into, as he continues with his duties.

Buthelezi emphasised that Amakhosi in the province have a critical role to play in shaping the discourse around the institution of traditional leadership in the country.

"Our aim is to ensure that Amakhosi are treated with utmost respect, while being allowed to champion development for the communities. We will amass the requisite legal expertise to assist us in this process," Buthelezi said.

The MEC also assured Amakhosi that the issues raised will be dealt with extensively at a meeting between the Premier and all Amakhosi of the province, where the details on what the seventh administration has in store for the institution, will be shared.

Buthelezi further announced that he has instructed the department to employ 241 Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) workers to assist with the cleaning of the Traditional Administrative Centres.

In January 2024, traditional leaders in the King Cetshwayo District called on government to come up with urgent solutions to curb the killing of Amakhosi and Izinduna in the province. 

A total of 55 traditional leaders have been killed in the province since 2019.

Meanwhile the newly appointed KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC, Mbali Shinga, has ordered a full investigation into the allegations of child abuse at the Aryan Benevolent Home Child and Youth Care Centre in Chatsworth, Durban.

Shinga visited the centre on Tuesday, following recent allegations of child abuse at the home.

According to the provincial department, reports suggest that workers at the facility have ignored children's rights, with instances of children being assaulted with wet towels and belts.

Shinga said it was disappointing that management at the institution could not pick up any signs of the abuse.

The MEC has announced the formation of a dedicated team of investigators to thoroughly examine the grave concerns.