KZN COGTA MEC Hlomuka Mourns Passing Of Inkosi Biyela

KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka has learned with shock and sadness of the passing of Inkosi Velemandleni Biyela (81) of the kwaYanguye Traditional Council in the King Cetshwayo District.

Inkosi passed away yesterday following a short illness. MEC Hlomuka has expressed condolences to the family and Isizwe saKwaBiyela: “Inkosi Biyela’s passing leaves a gaping void within the institution of traditional leadership. He was a fountain of wisdom and his worth of knowledge contributed immensely in the cementing of synergistic relationships between democratically elected leaders and traditional leaders”

As one of the elders within the institution, his passing resembled that of a library that just burnt.  Inkosi Biyela’s contribution towards the development of communities in the Mthonjaneni local municipality will be the lasting legacy that he will always be remembered for. The institution of traditional leadership has lost a great, humble leader who was a peacemaker and a unifier,” said Hlomuka.

MEC Hlomuka has dispatched a team of senior officials to support the family during this difficult time as they prepare for Inkosi’s burial, the details of which will be communicated in due course.


MEC Sipho Hlomuka has also condemned the heinous act of sabotage where unknown perpetrators torched the Ngcobo Traditional Council in the area of Mavela in the Ndwendwe local municipality.

This act of arson has compromised service delivery for the Ngcobo community who rely on the Traditional Council to facilitate the provision of government services to this community. Hlomuka has called for members of the public to come forward with information that will assist the law enforcement agencies in apprehending those responsible for this sabotage.

He has appealed to the law enforcement agencies to do all they can to bring those behind this dastardly act are brought to book. Such callous acts are a direct attack on the community because this is the infrastructure that brought closer services to the community and served as a springboard for their development.

For more information contact: KZN Cogta spokespersons Lennox Mabaso, 082 884 2403; or Senzelwe Mzila, 082 474 1882