Bhanga vis­its royal fam­ily

The Rep - - COUNTRY WATCH -

DA Eastern Cape premier can­di­date Nqaba Bhanga met Chief Viwe Hebe Hebe and the royal fam­ily in Mbek­weni Vil­lage, Whit­tle­sea, on Sun­day.

Chief Hebe is the se­nior tra­di­tional leader of the AbaThembu Tra­di­tional Coun­cil in Whit­tle­sea.

Bhanga was joined by the party’s pro­vin­cial spokesman Mlindi Nhanha, MP Terri Stander, DA Enoch Mgi­jima Con­stituency leader and sev­eral lo­cal coun­cil­lors.

Bhanga had pledged to visit all kings and chiefs in the prov­ince af­ter he was elected DA EC pro­vin­cial leader in 2016. The visit was also to in­tro­duce a new DA coun­cil­lor, Mbon­geni Mapila, to the chief while Bhanga pledged his sup­port for the in­sti­tu­tion of tra­di­tional lead­er­ship.

The DA in­di­cated that Bhanga’s visit to the Great Place was also a cour­tesy call, “as it is cus­tom­ary that be­fore he works in a chief’s ter­ri­tory, he must an­nounce his pres­ence at the Great Place”.

The party’s pro­vin­cial leader was re­ceived by Chief Hebe, mem­bers of the royal fam­ily, mem­bers of the tra­di­tional coun­cil and com­mu­nity el­ders with Hebe brief­ing Bhanga about his seven-year le­gal bat­tle to af­firm the le­git­i­macy of his chief­tain­ship.

In 2013, a bat­tle about the chief­tain­ship ended in the Con­sti­tu­tional Court, where his chief­tain­ship was con­firmed in July 2018.

Hebe also raised ser­vice de­liv­ery-re­lated is­sues in­clud­ing fenc­ing of plough­ing fields, the need for a shear­ing shed for sheep farm­ers in Mbek­weni, the pro­vi­sion of wa­ter, the re­vival of ir­ri­gation schemes to cre­ate jobs and bad gravel roads.

Stander was as­signed by Bhanga to take up the is­sues in par­lia­ment and re­port back to Hebe as soon as pos­si­ble.

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LET’S TALK: DA EC premier can­di­date Nqaba Bhanga in con­ver­sa­tion with a com­mu­nity mem­ber

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