Traditional leaders want more

EQUAL TREATMENT: Those attending a meeting in  Willowvale on Friday include, from left, AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Sigcawu, parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete, Eastern Cape legislature speaker Noxolo Kiviet, Zolani Mkiva and MP Zoleka Capa Picture:LULAMILE FENI -
EQUAL TREATMENT: Those attending a meeting in Willowvale on Friday include, from left, AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Sigcawu, parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete, Eastern Cape legislature speaker Noxolo Kiviet, Zolani Mkiva and MP Zoleka Capa Picture:LULAMILE FENI –

XHOSA King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu and the National House of Traditional Leaders want better government support for traditional leadership.

Sigcawu and members of the house have complained to parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete about inequality between monarchs in the country.

They said Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini had all the government support, but the rest had only a car and no budget.

Mbete visited the AmaXhosa King at Nqadu Great Place near Willowvale on Friday.

Xhosa Royal House chief executive Zolani Mkiva, the king’s uncle Chief Xhanti Sigcawu, Contralesa secretary-general Chief Xolile Ndevu, and NHTL executive member Themba Mavundla all complained.

“The Zulu king [has] a budget. All his queens are looked after, [with a palace for each one, and their own] chauffeurs and protectors,” Mkiva said.

“Other kings [have] only a salary and one vehicle; queens are not looked after, [nor] are palaces.”

Mkiva appreciated the treatment given to Zwelithini, but said “that should apply to all kings”.

Xhanti said the government should provide security staff and a chauffeur.

Mavundla said traditional leaders were paid peanuts: “Senior [chiefs] earn as little as R14 000 a month.”

-Lulamile Feni

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