Mz­imela chief­taincy dispute hots up

Zululand Observer - Monday - - NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

UN­CER­TAINTY is caus­ing se­ri­ous con­cerns for the Mz­imela Tra­di­tional Au­thor­ity, over who is the right­ful head - iNkosi Thanda Mz­imela or ‘iNkosi’ Sigcwelegcwele Ngema? This comes in the wake of the in­stal­la­tion of ‘iNkosi’ Sigcwelegcwele Ngema of Ezikoshi Re­serve, which falls un­der the Mz­imela Tra­di­tional Au­thor­ity.

The area has been known for years to hav­ing been led by iNkosi Mpiyez­in­tombi Mz­imela and, af­ter his pass­ing, his son iNkosi Thanda. The emer­gence of Sigcwelegcwele has taken com­mu­nity mem­bers, in­clud­ing lo­cal iz­iN­duna, by shock. The War­riors Com­man­der, In­duna Them­binkosi Biyela of Mz­imela Tra­di­tional Au­thor­ity has vowed to do ev­ery­thing in his power to pro­tect the throne of the reign­ing iNkosi Thanda Mz­imela, while re­ject­ing ‘iNkosi’ Sigcwelegcwele.

Dur­ing a me­dia brief­ing held last week, Biyela said there was no way there could be two Amakhosi in one area. ‘We are here to reaf­firm our sup­port for iNkosi Thanda Mz­imela and wish to dis­miss any pre­tenders to the throne.’ He ap­pealed to the com­mu­nity to re­main calm, adding that their chief­taincy was still in­tact. ‘We have re­ceived nu­mer­ous com­plaints from lo­cal res­i­dents liv­ing out­side our area, af­ter see­ing Ngema’s in­stal­la­tion as an iNkosi.

‘We know noth­ing about his in­stal­la­tion,’ he said. Ngema, who re­it­er­ated that he was in­deed an iNkosi, said he had noth­ing against the Mz­imela Clan but was claim­ing what right­fully be­longed to his fore­fa­thers. ‘I have sub­mit­ted all the nec­es­sary doc­u­men­ta­tion to the KZN Depart­ment of Co­op­er­a­tive Gover­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs (COGTA) and have in­tro­duced our­selves to His Majesty King Good­will Zwelithini,’ said Ngema.

KZN COGTA spokesper­son, Len­nox Mabaso said Ngema should fol­low cor­rect pro­ce­dures if he feels that his fore­fa­thers were robbed of the chief­taincy. ‘We can’t have two Amakhosi in one area. He must stop con­fus­ing the com­mu­nity and re­frain from break­ing the law,’ said Mabaso.

Muzi ZIn­c­ume

IN­duna Mthiyehlu­lana Dlamini and iN­duna Them­binkosi Nam­bathu Biyela vow­ing to pro­tect iNkosi Thanda Mz­imela

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