The safety of Amakhosi takes centre stage as MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Rev Thulasizwe Buthelezi meets with Amakhosi

This afternoon, MEC Rev. Buthelezi held his first meeting with the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders in Durban. The meeting was also attended by representatives from the Local Houses across the 11 districts in the province.

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

“Amakhosi of this Province have a critical role to play in shaping the discourse around the institution of traditional leadership in our country. Our aim is to ensure that Amakhosi are treated with utmost respect
while also being allowed to champion development for our communities.

We will amass the requisite legal expertise to assist us in this process. We are also deeply concerned about the safety of Amakhosi and this is why I have asked the Department to investigate solutions that we can implement immediately to disrupt the scourge of the killing of Amakhosi,” said MEC Buthelezi.

The MEC assured Amakhosi that their issues will be dealt with extensively at a meeting of the Premier with all Amakhosi of the province as today was just a precursor to that meeting which will detail what the 7th Administration has in store for the institution of traditional leadership. He further announced that while he has already instructed the department to employ 241 EPWP workers to assist with the cleaning of the Traditional Administrative Centres.