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Limpopo Traditional House elects new leadership

By: Maano Nekhavhambe

The Limpopo Province has on Friday, 11 August 2017, hosted its 5th sitting of the House of Traditional Leaders at the Vhembe District Municipality Chambers in Thohoyandou.

The Provincial House of Traditional Leaders has been established in terms of the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders Act 5 of 2005 with the aim to advise Government and the Legislature on matters related to custom, tradition and culture including developmental initiatives that have an impact on rural communities.

The main objective of the eagerly anticipated sitting was to elect a new Provincial Executive Committee compasses of the Chairperson and the Deputy Chairperson including three more additional members to lead the committee heading forward following the end of the previous committee’s term led by Kgoshi Malesela Dikgale which dates back to 2012.

Notably, the Limpopo Province Premier Honourable Stanley Chupu Mathabatha was conducting the proceedings on the day and he was accompanied by the MEC for Co-Operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs Mme Makoma Makhurupetje and the Executive Mayor of Vhembe District Municipality Cllr Florence Radzilani.

Following a brief session of free and fair elections, Kgoshi Dikgale reigned supreme once again as he retained his Chairmanship for a second consecutive term which will lapse in 2022 and he will be deputised by Hosi Ngove Pheni Cypraim while the three additional Executive Members includes Hosi N’wamitwa Tinyiko Lwandlamuni Phill, Khosi Mashamba Nndweleni Tshiitwa Lefty and Kgoshi Rammupudu Boleu Harry.

Kgoshi Dikgale emphasised on the entire Provincial Traditional Leaders working as a collective with law enforcements in an attempt to eradicate the ritual killings, women and child abuse in the province following his triumph.

“Yes the first thing we want to do as traditional leaders is to fight by all means and bring these things to an end. It is not good for our Province and the country as a whole. We’ll do our part and let the law deal with perpetrators accordingly.” Dikgale said

Meanwhile, Premier Mathabatha has urged the new committee to abide with the constitution of the country which does not support any mediocrity in order to take the Limpopo Province forward.