OF TRADITIONAL LEADERS
ISSUED BY CHIEF L C MOTHIBA, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON ON TRADITIONAL LEADERS
UDM is alarmed at the continued marginalisation of Traditional Leaders in the
local government sector. Traditional Leaders represent a significant sector of
society, which cannot and should not be unilaterally silenced or dismantled.
The warning given yesterday by Minister Sydney Mufamadi that "any municipal
councillor threatening to boycott the new local government structures would be
replaced," is in response to a letter received from councillors threatening
to boycott local government structures until government met the demands of
traditional leaders. The UDM expresses it concern at the issues raised by
traditional leaders, and urges government to refrain from pre-election lip
service and post-election non-delivery, which make Traditional Leaders and their
followers feel like mere voting cattle.
The UDM calls upon Government to urgently attend to the various commitments it
has made to Traditional Leaders in the past twelve months.
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Caucus Liaison Officer
9 May 2001