Chiefs vow to improve
Leaders promise to change the way royal families manage succession issues to avoid conflicts
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.
CULTURAL LEADERSHIP: Premier Supra Mahumapelo, MEC Ontlametse Mochware and MEC Fenny Gaolaolwe attended the traditional leaders ceremony at Tshidilamolomo.