IMPORTANT ROLE FOR TRADITIONAL LEADERS
I DISAGREE with Thula Ndlovu ( May 29). Freedom of expression does not mean you have to insult, offend or show disrespect to King Goodwill Zwelithini.
Ndlovu disapproves of the government giving the king millions of rands of taxpayers’ money.
However, traditional leaders and councils have an active and important role to play in local government development programmes and service delivery. The Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act of 2003 recognises this. One cannot change the law cemented in the Constitution.
FRED WAGNER Eastwood, Pietermaritzburg CORRESPONDENT Robert de Neef ( Weekend Witness, June 19) is of the view that the Qur’an itself creates confusion. He points out that the Qur’an teaches both that there should be “no compulsion in religion,” and to “lay siege around the cities of unbelievers”.
He fails to mention that the context of the latter revelation refers to a specific wartime condition when the unbelievers had transgressed peace treaties. In fact, a thorough reading of chapter nine in the Qur’an would reveal the mechanisms and stratagem required to attain peace. The commands are unambiguous, directing Muslims to escort pagan combatants to a place of security if they