New lan­guage on the cards for SA

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - Neo Se­mono

TRA­DI­TIONAL LEAD­ERS have a cru­cial role to play in build­ing a so­ci­ety free of poverty, un­em­ploy­ment and in­equal­ity.

Kh­elobedu could be­come a 12th of­fi­cial lan­guage for South Africans in line with restor­ing dig­nity of tra­di­tional lead­er­ship.

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa made this an­nounce­ment dur­ing the corona­tion cer­e­mony of the Queen of Balobedu at Mok­wak­waila Sta­dium in Bolobedu, Ga-Mod­jadji in Lim­popo.

Kh­elobedu is a lan­guage spo­ken by the Balobedu tribe which the 13-year-old Balobedu Rain Queen-elect, Masalan­abo Mod­jadji, will take over when she turns 18, after be­ing in­stalled as Queen Mod­jadji VII.

She will grad­u­ate in terms of the Balobedu cus­toms and tra­di­tions.

“This is a true his­toric mile­stone that Mama Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela would have been proud of. This is the first and only queen­ship in the coun­try and on the con­ti­nent,” said Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa.

The Balobedu Queen­ship was of­fi­cially recog­nised in March 2016 after the Com­mis­sion on Tra­di­tional Lead­er­ship Dis­putes and Claims (CTLDC) con­ducted re­search on the sta­tus of the Balobedu, as per the claims sub­mit­ted to the CTLDC.

“Govern­ment is com­mit­ted to giv­ing ef­fect to the pro­vi­sions of Chap­ter 12 of the Con­sti­tu­tion, es­pe­cially the restora­tion of the dig­nity of the in­sti­tu­tion of tra­di­tional lead­er­ship in a Con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy,” said Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa.

He said the recog­ni­tion of the Queen­ship in South Africa demon­strates the com­mit­ment to the prin­ci­ple and value of gen­der equal­ity, while also recog­nis­ing the lead­er­ship role that women play in all spheres of life.

“Tra­di­tional lead­ers have a cru­cial role to play in build­ing a so­ci­ety free of poverty, un­em­ploy­ment and in­equal­ity. Our tra­di­tional lead­ers need to be at the fore­front of the strug­gle to re­store rights and dig­nity of our peo­ple.”

He fur­ther stressed the im­por­tant role played by tra­di­tional lead­ers in the is­sue of land.

“They need to en­sure that the land is re­stored to those who work it and that those who the land is re­turned to have the means to work it,” said Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa.

An es­ti­mated 25 mil­lion peo­ple who live in ru­ral ar­eas do so un­der the lead­er­ship of tra­di­tional lead­ers.

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