New tra­di­tional leader wel­comed

Daily Dispatch - - News - LULAMILE FENI TRA­DI­TIONAL AF­FAIRS COR­RE­SPON­DENT lu­[email protected]­

East­ern Cape tra­di­tional lead­ers have wel­comed the ap­point­ment of Nkosi Thand­a­bantu Ntabozuko Gwe­bind­lala as the new deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral for the depart­ment of co­op­er­a­tive gov­er­nance and tra­di­tional af­fairs.

His ap­point­ment was an­nounced by Cogta MEC Fik­ile Xasa at the East­ern Cape tra­di­tional lead­ers sum­mit at the Mpekweni Beach Re­sort near Port Al­fred last week.

Gwe­bind­lala, born in El­liot­dale and of the AmaBom­vana na­tion, has about 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence as a se­nior gov­ern­ment ad­min­is­tra­tor in both the East­ern Cape and Gaut­eng. He has not yet ruled his tra­di­tional com­mu­nity, but his mother, Nkosikazi Nobangile Gwe­bind­lala, has been act­ing for him since 1979.

Xasa said Gwe­bind­lala’s ap­point­ment had noth­ing to do with him be­ing of royal blood. “We ap­pointed a ca­pa­ble, knowl­edge­able and ded­i­cated civil ser­vant. Gwe­bind­lala has a good track record as gov­ern­ment ad­min­is­tra­tor,” said Xasa.

Gwe­bind­lala is one of the young tra­di­tional lead­ers who ben­e­fited from the Nel­son Man­dela quest to aca­dem­i­cally equip tra­di­tional lead­ers in SA and fund their stud­ies. His ap­point­ment has been ap­plauded by lead­ers of both the Congress of Tra­di­tional Lead­ers of SA (Con­tralesa) and the East­ern Cape Houses of Tra­di­tional Lead­ers (ECHTL).

The chair­per­son of Con­tralesa and ECHTL, Nkosi Mwelo Nonkonyana, said: “We’re very pleased with the ap­point­ment of Ntabozuko [Gwe­bind­lala’s praise name]. As tra­di­tional lead­ers we al­ways be­lieved our af­fairs can be best ad­min­is­tered by one of our own.”

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