Chiefs vow to im­prove

Lead­ers prom­ise to change the way royal fam­i­lies man­age suc­ces­sion is­sues to avoid con­flicts

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NORTH WEST NEWS - KAGISO METSWAMERE elfast@the­newage.co.za

CHIEFS in the North West promised to im­prove the way royal fam­i­lies man­age suc­ces­sion is­sues to avoid con­flicts that leave com­mu­ni­ties with­out lead­ers for long pe­ri­ods of time.

In some in­stances, suc­ces­sion wars have spilt over into the courts of law be­cause of dis­agree­ments among mem­bers of the royal fam­ily af­fected.

The newly elected deputy chair­per­son of the North West House of Tra­di­tional Lead­ers, kgosi Jeff Mo­lete, said all tra­di­tional lead­ers com­mit­ted to try their best to re­duce tra­di­tional lead­er­ship suc­ces­sion con­flicts among them­selves with­out run­ning to the courts for a so­lu­tion.

Speak­ing to the me­dia at the pro­vin­cial cul­tural pa­rade and wel­com­ing cer­e­mony for the newly elected house of tra­di­tional lead­ers at Tshidil­am­olomo, Mo­lete said tra­di­tional lead­ers need to start work­ing closely with one an­other through its pro­vin­cial house and stop run­ning to courts for so­lu­tions.

“We have the ca­pac­ity to talk to an­other as the fam­i­lies of tra­di­tional lead­ers in unity to deal with the con­flicts that ex­ist in the tra­di­tional lead­er­ship cir­cles.

“In our term we must im­prove deal­ing with our own con­flicts be­cause we can­not con­tinue to deal with com­mu­nity chal­lenges suc­cess­fully when we can­not re­solve our own,” he said.

The cer­e­mony, used to in­duct the newly elected mem­bers of the North West House of Tra­di­tional Lead­ers, was held un­der the theme Re Di Neela Jaana.

Organisers said the in­ten­tion was to con­tinue cel­e­brat­ing and ap­pre­ci­at­ing the role that tra­di­tional lead­ers play in build­ing pros­per­ous and dis­ci­plined com­mu­ni­ties of the prov­ince.

Hosted by the de­part­ment of cul­ture, arts and tra­di­tional af­fairs the event was char­ac­terised by parad­ing and dis­play­ing of cul­tural mu­sic and dance from the com­mu­ni­ties ac­com­pa­ny­ing their tra­di­tional lead­ers in at­ten­dance.

Mo­lete com­mended the pro­vin­cial govern­ment for the huge ef­forts they are mak­ing to see tra­di­tional lead­ers suc­ceed­ing and lead­ing peace­ful and united com­mu­ni­ties.

“We are proud of our govern­ment in the prov­ince be­cause they are do­ing ev­ery­thing they can to see peace and sta­bil­ity in our house of tra­di­tional lead­er­ship.

We will con­tinue to work hard for sta­bil­ity and suc­cess in our tra­di­tional lead­er­ship for the du­ra­tion of our term in of­fice work­ing with our pro­vin­cial govern­ment with its good de­vel­op­men­tal pro­grammes for our com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

Com­ment­ing on suc­ces­sion con­flicts, Pre­mier Supra Mahumapelo also called on tra­di­tional lead­er­ship to stop us­ing courts at all the time in the prov­ince.

“Our tra­di­tional lead­ers mov­ing for­ward must be in the fore­front of deal­ing with their con­flicts and stop re­ly­ing on the govern­ment and courts to de­ter­mine their fate.

“We be­lieve that it is tra­di­tional lead­ers with their fam­i­lies who must sit down and talk to re­solve their lead­er­ship con­flict in our prov­ince,” he said.

The pre­mier said a num­ber of con­flicts had been re­solved un­der his ad­min­is­tra­tion but they still had a long way to go in mak­ing sure that con­flicts on who be­comes the next chief do not arise.

Lo­cal res­i­dents also shared their sen­ti­ments re­gard­ing the role tra­di­tional lead­ers play in so­ci­ety. Ont­lametse Mosime from Ganyesa vil­lage of Kag­isano Molopo lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity said chiefs were the cus­to­di­ans of cul­ture and the way of life in their re­spec­tive ar­eas.

PIC­TURE: OTUKILE MOSIMANGEGAPE

CUL­TURAL LEAD­ER­SHIP: Pre­mier Supra Mahumapelo, MEC Ont­lametse Mochware and MEC Fenny Gao­laolwe at­tended the tra­di­tional lead­ers cer­e­mony at Tshidil­am­olomo.

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