KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Nomusa Dube-Ncube has expressed her sadness at the passing of Inkosi Ntemba Mthethwa of the Mhlana Traditional Council who was one of the eldest and most senior of amakhosi in the province.
Inkosi Mthethwa hailed from the traditional community with strong historical links to the mighty King Shaka. He was a traditional leader of monumental importance to the history and the province of KwaZulu-Natal. He is one of illustrious senior traditional leaders who brought a lot of dignity and decorum to the institution of traditional leaders.
“We are deeply saddened at the passing of such a respected traditional leader in our province who distinguished himself as a strong proponent for the development of his community. Inkosi Mthethwa’s passing opens a huge void within the institution of traditional leaders. Death has suddenly extinguished a great and bright star that has been a key pillar and guiding light in the difficult journey to restore the dignity of the institution of traditional leaders, said Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube.
Inkosi Mthethwa’s passing at the ripe age of 93 after a long illness marks an end of a significant chapter within the institution of traditional leadership in our province.
“Our hearts are heavy as this Inkosi had played a particularly meaningful role in the development of his community. His leadership will be sorely missed and we pass on our heartfelt condolences to the family and the community. He left an indelible imprint in the lives of many and his leadership will continue to inspire all of us to work harder to accelerate rural development,” said Dube-Ncube.
The department is in contact with the grieving family and relevant support is being provided to Inkosi Mthethwa’s traditional community. Once confirmed, the funeral arrangements for Inkosi Mthethwa will be communicated to the public.
For more information contact: KZN Cogta spokespersons Lennox Mabaso, 082 884 2403; or Msawakhe Mayisela, 060 966 4220