The newly appointed Inkosi of the Abantungwa-kholwa Traditional Community Inkosi Nhloso Mzilikazi-Junior Khumalo, 21, has vowed to follow in his late mother’s footsteps by serving his community with humility and diligence.
Yesterday, 28 December, Inkosi was officially presented to the traditional community at a ceremony held in the Alfred Duma local municipality, in the Driefontein area, Ward 19. Inkosi takes over from his mother, Inkosi Thandekile Ruth Khumalo, who succumbed to a short illness in August this year.
The ceremony was attended by KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka who was accompanied by the Mayor of the uThukela district Cllr Ntandoyenkosi Shabalala and amakhosi from the surrounding communities.
During the ceremony, Inkosi vowed to work together with all the spheres of government to ensure that development takes place within his community. “As Inkosi, I am humbled by the responsibility that God has given me to lead his people. I have a first-hand account of the challenges that face us as a community and it is my desire to work with our community and all spheres of government to address challenges, such as the high youth unemployment within our area and gender-based violence, and to bring investment and improved service delivery to our people,” said Inkosi Khumalo.
Speaking during the ceremony, Cogta MEC Hlomuka commended the royal family of abantungwa-kholwa for prioritising stability by ensuring that the seat of ubukhosi is not left vacant for too long. Hlomuka also called upon the community to support their young Inkosi in the task that he has been given of leading isizwe.
Hlomuka then called upon the community to be the first line of defence against anyone who would try to harm their inkosi or any of his izinduna. “As a province, we are facing unprecedented attacks on the institution of traditional leadership. We have had cases where amakhosi and izinduna are murdered by unknown assailants. While the government is doing everything possible to arrest the perpetrators and bring an end to these killings, communities themselves can play an active role by coming forward with information that could assist the law enforcement agencies,” said Hlomuka.
Issued by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs