The Village Voice
Limpopo MEC for cooperative governance, housing and traditional affairs Basikopo Rodgers Makamu has warned the Magona royal family that if they do not unite, they will find it difficult to replace the deceased traditional leader since they will be embroiled in endless disputes.
Speaking at the funeral service for the late Hosi Busa Nxumalo of the Gidjana Traditional Council at Magona, Collins Chabane local Municipality in Limpopo last Friday, Makamu who was speaking on behalf of premier Chupu Stan Mathabatha, said from his experience, there are communities that are stuck with no developments after the death of the incumbent leader since the royal family is divided and concentrate on internal fights rather than community development.
He said his office was there to assist the family when needed when they tackle the issue of succession.
He hailed the departed leader as someone who had vision.
“Hosi Nxumalo was an exemplary leader to his communities. Upon his passing, he was studying towards his Master’s degree in Public Management at the University of Pretoria, this is besides other qualifications he had already attained,” said Makamu.
He added,”Like me, he was a teacher at heart, imparting knowledge to the next generation. He taught the more sought after subjects such as Maths and Science, a true shaper of the minds of our next generations.”
Makamu was accompanied by Vhembe District Municipality executive mayor Dowelani Nenguda and Collins Chabane Local Municipality mayor Moses Maluleke.
Also in attendance were deputy ministers Dr David Masondo and former Limpopo premier Cassel Mathale.
Hosi Dr Hosi Lwandlamuni Nwamitwa, for Vatsonga Machangana Royal Unity, Kgoshi Malesela Dikgale, for the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders and Dr Jan Nkuna who represented friends also spoke.
Dr Gulukhulu Mathebula who represented the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa, of which he is the chairperson, also praised the late chief for his vision and commitment to serve the community.
Various speakers praised the late chief for the role he played while the chairperson of the Malamulele Task team, the body that fought for the establishment of the new municipaliy which has now been named Collins Chabane Local Municipality.
He was officially appointed chief by the former Limpopo premier Mathale after his ageing father SDW Nxumalo said he wanted him to replace him while he was still alive,
He was buried at the local Gidjana Traditional Council premises before the funeral service on Friday.