The MEC said the Summit is long overdue as the country and the Province are faced by many societal ills.  The call is for traditional leaders in the Local Houses to take centre stage and become “new beacons of hope.”

The Traditional Leadership institution is at the cross roads to instill morality through customary practices against Western norms and values, so says Cogta MEC Xolile Nqatha on the upcoming Summit on Local Houses of Traditional Leaders (LHTL), this week.

“We underscore the great need to revive the moral fibre of our communities to deal with serious challenges of violence against women, children and the elderly, Gender Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF), stock theft, illegal occupation of land and other social ills in our communities,” said MEC Nqatha.

He added that the Summit seeks to achieve cooperation and collaboration towards service delivery and accountability at local level.

“We will provide clarity on the strategic and operational roles, responsibilities and powers of members of the Local Houses as well as define effective participation in the development of their areas through the IDPs and community based planning,” he said.

The six (6) LHTL were established in 2017 in Amathole, OR Tambo, Chris Hani, Alfred Nzo, Joe Gqabi and Buffalo City municipalities. Each Local House has a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Leader and three (3) other Members of Executive Committee.

Other Speakers in the Summit will include the acting Chairperson of the EC House of Traditional Leaders Nkosi Langa Mavuso and the Chairperson of the National of House Traditional Leaders, Nkosi Sipho Mahlangu.

The details of the Summit are as follows;

Date: 28-30 April 2021

Venue: Dan’s Lodge Mthatha

Time: 09:00

Please confirm attendance to Mr Vuyani Sibene on Vuyani.sibene@eccogta.gover.za or on 0735763381.

For further information, please contact Mamnkeli Ngam on 071 685 7981 or Makhaya Komisa on 066 381 8259.

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