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Traditional Authority & Traditional Leaders
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Traditional Authority & Traditional Leaders

I have heard a figure of 22 million South Africans (40%) are still linked to the Traditional Authority / Rural areas of our country.

From the days of colonization our indigenous groups have been isolated in these Native Territories where community development has been limited to roads and services.

During the 1970’s, the Apartheid system introduced the ‘Bantustan‘ system that had a number of positives, but clouded by the motives for creating separate development from the white system.

This structure did however skill a number of administrative people as part of the administration structures. Teachers training colleges and nursing colleges were developed and operated successfully in these areas. Were these colleges closed through the Government policy decisions, or how much was the late 1980’s early 1990’s attack on the system?

Through the Industrial Decentralization process, industry was developed in these areas, collapsing through the Industrial Council attacks and political conflict.

Our New Democratic Government are very aware of the respect that the Rural Communities have for the Traditional Authority and their Traditional Leaders. in 2003 the 19 DECEMBER 2003. Act No. 41,2003. TRADITIONAL LEADERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE. FRAMEWORK ACT. 2003 ... was first signed.

Since then, this bill has faced opposition by the mainly politically correct western thinking about how our Democracy should be extended to the Traditional Leadership and their communities.

Although we as South Africans only see the conflict when the media discusses the Bill, on the ground, the conflict is felt in all these communities through lack of service delivery.

The Democracy Development Program in the article ‘The Role of Traditional Leadership in Service Delivery! by Juile Day, Traditional Leadership in Democratic South Africa highlights the impact that the ‘conflict’ between the Democratic Municipality and Traditional Leadership has on the communities.
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The entire Rural Development concept can never succeed where we have the structures from National to Provincial to Municipality and then to try and take it into the Rural Areas.
We need to be brave, shake off any anti-Bantustan links, and give the power to the people in the Traditional Areas to make their input, based on democratic principles within their community.

All Agricultural and Land Reform development, Housing, Tourism development, and Informal / Formal Traders and manufacturing, needs to be linked to and communicated through the Traditional Leaders.

The numbers of South African Police stations and members in the Rural Communities, as expressed in ratios per head and per sq. km, will show that these communities have operated on a relative low rate compared to our urban areas.

Crime, originating in the Urban areas, is moving into the Rural areas, and we need to look at how we empower the Traditional Council to protect the community.

As 40% of our population is involved in this sector, we invite you to contribute your proposals to the Charter, let Economic Freedom for the people, take precedence over perceived democratic issues.

Cedric de la Harpe

(This post was last modified: 10-30-2012 03:19 PM by Cedric.)
10-30-2012 09:58 AM
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