six monar­chies are abol­ished

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG — South Africa’s pres­i­dent says six of the coun­try’s tra­di­tional monar­chies are be­ing abol­ished. The coun­try’s 13 black eth­nic king­ships were used to muster sup­port for white-led rule in the apartheid era be­fore demo­cratic elec­tions in 1994. Some of the monar­chs were ap­pointed by the apartheid govern­ment with few le­git­i­mate claims to their throne. Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma told re­porters that the new move aimed to cor­rect “the wrongs of the past.” Lead­ers of the six king­ships af­fected by the move have said they will chal­lenge their de­mo­tion in court.

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