Eastern Cape COGTA MEC Hon. Xolile Nqatha has placed Chief Bhekabambo Ntola on precautionary suspension in terms of section 32 (1) of the Eastern Cape Traditional Leadership Act 1 of 2017.

Chief Ntola is accused of humiliating two individuals accused of committing adultery in his village.

“I have a duty to ensure that leaders and institutions falling within the ambit of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs discharge their duties in a humane and dignified manner that is gender sensitive. Society is witnessing a scourge of gender-based violence that happen in extreme proportions and whenever that happens, I will not fail to act to protect women and children in our communities. “I am of the view that failure to act is not an option, there is a need to hold those accused of wrong doing accountable”, said MEC Nqatha.

The MEC has since appointed an initiator to investigate and make findings on the alleged act of misconduct and Chief Tola will remain suspended pending finalisation of the proceedings against him.

For further information, please contact: Mr Makhaya Komisa (MLO) on 0663818259 or Mr Mamnkeli Ngam (Department spokesperson) on 071 685 7981.