More power to SA’s tra­di­tional lead­ers?

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Eric Klaas Western Cape e do not have chiefs and kings in this coun­try. They were all killed a long time ago by Euro­peans. This is another trick by the gov­ern­ing party to take us back to the dark days.

We are us­ing a demo­cratic sys­tem, not a tra­di­tional sys­tem.

This thing of ex­pan­sion of pow­ers for tra­di­tional lead­ers is a non-is­sue be­cause it is not even in the Con­sti­tu­tion. There are more press­ing mat­ters in this coun­try, such as the econ­omy, ed­u­ca­tion, grants and many more.

We should as a na­tion stop en­ter­tain­ing stu­pid­ity.

WDave Krumm Gaut­eng Tra­di­tional chiefs be­long to a feu­dal sys­tem. South Africa is a con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy. The two don’t mix. Nh­lapho Mpumalanga The ANC has been cap­tured by greed­i­ness, cor­rup­tion and nepo­tism, and they for­get that the amakhosi al­ways sup­port them. Yet, they pay them peanuts.

Some prov­inces give tools of the trade to chiefs, oth­ers don’t. Po­lit­i­cal par­ties such as the ANC al­ways prom­ise chiefs bet­ter salaries.

It was bet­ter un­der former pres­i­dent Thabo Mbeki, be­cause he used to en­gage with the amakhosi, even dur­ing con­fer­ences.

It’s worse un­der this “Zupta pres­i­dent”.

Chiefs must es­tab­lished their own po­lit­i­cal party be­cause they have a lot of peo­ple in the ru­ral ar­eas.

Thirty years down the line, there will be no chiefs be­cause the ANC is slowly de­stroy­ing them with var­i­ous bills that they are pass­ing.

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