Hosi Maswanganyi inaugurated
Newly appointed traditional leader Hosi Khayizeni Ismael Maswanganyi of the Maswanganyi Traditional Council in the Greater Giyani Local Municipality has pleaded for unity amongst his subjects so as to be able to develop his mine rich area.
Hosi Maswanganyi was responding to his official inauguration officiated by Cooperative Governance, Housing and Traditional Affairs MEC Basikopo Makamu who represented premier Chupu Mathabatha at the event held at Maswanganyi sports ground on Friday.
In his message to the chief, Makamu implored the royal family to shy away from dogfights that might hinder development. He also implored the community not to involve itself with the internal issues of the royal family. He urged the new chief to be fair to everyone even those who were against his inauguration. He said the new leader should work in partnership with government to develop his community.
Hosi Maswanganyi said; “I have also noted what the MEC said. I am ready to be fair to everyone including those who were opposed to my appointment. ” The new chief was given a leopard’s skin by royal family elder Dodi Maswanganyi, a poltical veteran who in the early 80s worked with leaders such as the late Hosi George Sonto Mahonisi and GM Tshikalanga to found the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa. African National Congress MP Joe Maswanganyi, who is also a member of the the royal family gave the Maswanganyi chieftainship.
According to his account, the family was demoted by the apartheid government in 1957 until Limpopo premier Mathabatha issued a certificate of recognition to hosi Maswanganyi as a senior traditional leader. Greater Giyani councillor Cedrick Baloyi represented both Greater Giyani Mayor Thandi Zitha and Mopani District Executive mayor Pule Shayi at the event. Hosi Famanda Yusto Siyandhani who is both the newly inaugurated chief himself and also the new chairperson of Contralesa in Greater Giyani also have the message of support on behalf of Contralesa.