Thousands welcome restoration of ubukhosi to Dube clan in Richardsbay

KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Nomusa Dube-Ncube today presided over an imbizo which saw some 3000 people from the Dube clan gather to welcome the appointment of Inkosi Mfanazonke Dube as the rightful traditional leader within the Dube clan of the uMhlathuze local municipality.

This imbizo came after a visit by MEC Dube-Ncube to the family in January when she informed the Dubes about the recommendations made by the Commission for Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims presided over by Judge Nhleko. The recommendations made in 2015 stipulated that ubukhosi be returned to the rightful house, as it had been wrongfully given to an incorrect one following the death of Inkosi of this clan in 1975.

According to Dube-Ncube, the Nhlapho Commission that made these recommendations carefully weighed all evidence presented to it and looked into the customs of the Dube clan and accordingly made the recommendations presented to the traditional community today.

“As government, our gathering with this community is to ensure that these recommendations are communicated clearly so that there can be stability within this community since disputes of this nature tend to tear apart communities and end up hindering the provision of services to communities. Our gathering today marks a turning point since these recommendations made by the Commission are binding and we now have to accept them and focus on working together to ensure that we build a better future together,” said Dube-Ncube.

In his address to his traditional community, Inkosi Dube called upon everyone to work together for unity and peace as there is much work that needs to be done for the community to progress to the desired level in terms of provision of service delivery.