KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka has expressed his shock and sadness at the passing of Inkosi Magutshwa Bhekinkosi Simelane (62) of the Simelane Traditional Council in uPhongolo. The inkosi passed away following a short illness.
“Inkosi Simelane took on the traditional post in 1988 and has since led his people with distinction through very diﬃcult circumstances. His legacy is one of a community builder, a uniﬁer and a foot soldier in the war against social ills plaguing communities in the uPhongolo local municipality. His passing leaves a great gap in the sphere of traditional leadership in our province,” said Hlomuka.
Inkosi took his role in his community very seriously and participated in the uPhongolo and Zululand Councils in terms of Section 81 of the Municipal Structures Act of 2000. The Act makes provision for amakhosi to participate in municipal councils. This bears testimony to Inkosi’s commitment to ensuring that his community is developed.
Hlomuka has expressed his condolences to the family of Inkosi and the Simelane Traditional Council. Inkosi will be laid to rest in uPhongolo this Saturday, 28 September, at his homestead