PRINCE MANGOSUTHU BUTHELEZI MP
PRESIDENT OF THE INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY
9 November 2018
His Worship the Mayor of Nkandla Municipality, Councillor Thamsanqa Ntuli; Amakhosi, Members of the Executive Committee; Councillors and all honoured guests.
I am humbled to have been asked by our Mayor to officially hand over of this newly renovated hall to Amakhosi.
You know that I have the highest esteem for traditional leadership and the role that it plays in the good governance of our people. I believe that through the leadership of our Amakhosi, social justice and economic development can be achieved. But I also believe that Amakhosi need and deserve the support of local government.
I therefore thank the Mayor and his team at Nkandla Municipality for making an investment in the work of Amakhosi. It is only when Amakhosi and Councillors work hand in hand that local government can function well. I am very proud of our Mayor and his Council for always working together with Amakhosi.
I come to Nkandla today ready to listen and to receive the wisdom of leaders in this place. It is here that the mortal remains of my maternal great grandfather lie buried. King Cetshwayo rests in Nkandla. I therefore respect this soil and the people who serve on it, continuing the legacy of courage, perseverance and unity.
We need the courage of our ancestors to face the trials of the present. For decades now we have felt the leadership of this country disassociating governance with the institution of traditional leadership. We have seen, at the highest level, how the role, powers and functions of traditional leaders are side-lined in favour of a purely western system of municipal governance.
That system has merit. It is able to deliver good for our people. But it is not self-sufficient and it doesn’t function in a vacuum. We cannot set aside the age old social structure of our people, nor can we afford to sideline those with the experience, wisdom and authority to lead.
There must be harmony between traditional leadership and municipal government so that each will bring out the best in the other and create real benefits for our people.
I believe that what has happened today, and I hope that it will continue. The municipality has expressed its respect and support for traditional leadership by renovating this hall and assisting in its transfer to Amakhosi. May that respect and support be a foundation for trust, so that a partnership for good governance will be strengthened in Nkandla.
I am of course not really surprised that the Mayor has this kind of respect for Ubukhosi Traditional Leadership. After all he himself comes from one of the highly respected houses of Ubukhosi. All of us who are descendants of King Mpande will ever owe our existence to the Ntuli family. That is the family of the Prime Minister of the Zulu Nation Ndlela ka Sompisi. It was he who warned Prince Mpande that his brother King Dingane was just about to assassinate him. He served this Nation with great distinction and it is therefore quite fitting that a scion of this great Zulu family puts the institution of Ubukhosi on this high pedestal, which it deserves. Nkandla is a good example of how well it serves the people of this district to see our municipality working as closely with Amakhosi as demonstrated by what we see today.
I thank you.