Following reports that Amakhosi in Mpumalanga Province are being promised houses and have been given motor vehicles and herds of cattle by Premier Mabuza, the Inkatha Freedom Party believes that Amakhosi need to be respected for their traditional roles and responsibilities.
“For Amakhosi to fulfil their traditional duties it is essential that they have the necessary resources that will enable them to function effectively. The dignity and status of Amakhosi in their respective communities must in no way be compromised due to a lack of resources. Over many centuries Amakhosi have played and continue to play an important role in the lives of their people. Traditional leaders have always had an important place in our communities and people turned to them for leadership and guidance on many issues that affected their day-to-day lives. Therefore, we believe that while it is good that government provides Amakhosi with resources, it must not be seen as though government is doing them any favours. Focus must also be placed on what is it that Amakhosi should be doing to assist their respective communities. The roles and responsibilities of Amakhosi must be clearly defined and conveyed to communities so that people will be empowered. Information and education around the role of Amakhosi, especially where the youth are concerned, is vitally important in order to protect the dignity and status of Amakhosi. It is only when the status of Amakhosi is respected that communities will value their presence and be the beneficiaries”, said IFP National Chairman, Mr Blessed Gwala MPL.
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