The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs department has noted with concern a statement which was released by Ubumbano lweziNduna, which makes false allegations and defames it’s officials.
This move by this body which claims to be representing Izinduna within the province is viewed in a dim light by the department.
The institution of traditional leadership is an important pillar that promotes wellbeing within our communities. It is the glue that holds our communities together.
The false allegations that have been made by Ubumbano against senior officials of the department including it’s Head of Department Mr Tando Tubane, the Deputy Director General for Traditional Affairs Mr Sikhumbuzo Gumede and the Chief Director for Traditional Institution Support Ms Princess Mtshali are mischievous and lack substance.
The department has an open door policy and welcomes engagement with any member of our society. It does not wish to engage any particular stakeholder through the media.
The department will also continue to promote and foster good relations with the Institution of traditional leadership through the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders, which is a formally recognized structure which fully represents Amakhosi on any matter that affects the institution of traditional leadership within our province.
The department will not succumb to black mail attempts on its officials by groups such as Ubumbano lweziNduna.