The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department dispatched senior officials on Friday, 10 March to officially communicate the decision of the Provincial Executive Council to recognise Ntokozo Mkhwanazi as Inkosi of the Mpunkunyoni Traditional Council in line with the decision of the royal family.
The visit that took place in Mtubatuba saw the senior officials, formally informing the family of the cabinet decision.
During this visit, the department’s senior officials faced resistance from certain members of Umndeni, who locked the original venue, which was supposed to be the Mpukunyoni Traditional Council which led to the venue for the meeting being changed to the KwaMsane Police Station in Mtubatuba.
The department is concerned about these strong elements of lawlessness that threatened and tried to disrupt the proceedings.
The official recognition of Inkosi should be a new chapter in the community, which has not had a permanent Inkosi since the passing of Inkosi Mzokhulayo Mkhwanazi in 2019.
The department is committed to working together with Amakhosi and the whole institution of traditional leadership, to ensure that there is stability within communities and that various parts of government can deliver essential services to communities.
The department also wishes to condemn any elements that seek to disrupt traditional communities.
Issued by the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Bongi Sithole-Moloi