New chief told to work with government to develop his community

The Village Voice
The Limpopo MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs Basikopo Makamu has urged the newly inaugurated traditional leader Hosi Mangava Irvin Nkanyane to work with the government to develop his community. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony at Tiyani on Friday, Makamu expressed satisfaction that there was no dispute in the family and the new chief was flanked by his two aunts who supported his ascendency.

“I have always said traditional leadership is for the family and members of the community must desist from interfering in the royal family matters. I am happy that the family is united and this bodes well for development in the community,” said Makamu, urging the new chief to work hand in hand with the government for development. Earlier,the chairperson for the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa in Vhembe, Prince Gulukhulu Mathebula had urged the government to make sure all deposed traditional leaders be given back their position like in case of the Nkanyane traditional leadership. He said many traditional leaders were deposed by the apartheid government and some have since been reinstated.

Newly inaugurated chief Hosi Mangava Irvin Nkanyane
MEC Makamu addressing the inauguration ceremony

Many more are still deposed. Makamu who said he was not the one installing traditional leaders but was standing in for Limpopo premier Chupu Mathabatha said the new government which is led by the ANC is keen on making sure deposed leaders get their positions back. He said he hoped many would have their positions returned.

From left: Know Chabalala (Ndhunankulu ya Siyandhani), Hosi Siyandhani, MEC for COGHSTA Mr Basikopo Makamu, Dr Prince Gulukhulu, Collins Chabane Mayor CLLR Moses Maluleke, Hosi Bohani Shigamane na muyimeri wa Hosi Mahuntsi (Tatana Baloyi)

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