FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ADM COUNCIL SPEAKER CALLS ON ADM COMMUNITIES TO SUPPORT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF LOCAL HOUSE OF TRADITIONAL LEADERS
Friday, 18 September 2017, ADM Headquarters
Amathole District Municipality (ADM) Council Speaker, Cllr. Nceba Ndikinda has made a clarion call to all affected ADM communities, to support the establishment of the Local House of Traditional of Leaders (LHTL). This follows a pronouncement by the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Honourable Fikile Xasa who called on affected Traditional Councils to convene iimbizos in which to select three (3) who will then take part in the election process scheduled for the 18 September 2017. Ndikinda is ADM's authority on matters of public participation.
The election of members of LHTL will take place in Alfred Nzo, Chris Hani, Amathole, Joe Gqabi, OR Tambo and Buffalo City Metro Municipalities.
ADM elections will be held on Monday, 18 September 2017, at Msombomvu Community Hall in Butterworth.
In welcoming the MEC's decision to establish Local Houses of Traditional Leaders Ndikinda said: "MEC's decision to establish the Local Houses of Traditional Leaders is but one of government's recommitment to further strengthen a social contract between local government, traditional authorities and the public. It also heightens participatory democracy in the post-apartheid era."
MEC Xasa has reassured the public that his department is determined to "ensure that the entire process is technically sound and done in line with provisions of the law and applicable regulations without deviating."
He further highlighted that membership of the LHTL will consist of Kings and Queens or their representatives, 60% of whom shall be senior traditional leaders while 40% headmen and headwomen. He also said that the process will "ensure the empowerment of women through proper representation in all levels."
Elected members will be sworn-in by District Magistrates on Wednesday, 20 September 2017.
The swearing-in precedes the inauguration of the members nominated to serve in the Eastern Cape Provincial House of Traditional Leaders which is set for the 26th of September 2017 in Bhisho.
Issued by ADM Communications and Customer Care Unit
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