Tributes have poured in for National House of Traditional Leaders chairperson Inkosi Sipho Mahlangu, who died of Covid-19 complications.
Mahlangu has been described as a strong leader in traditional structures and an advocate for the administration of land rights, who stood firm against gender-based violence.
Mahlangu was elected as chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders in 2017. He had previously served as the institution’s deputy chairperson.
“He has been an active leader and strived to transform the posture of the institution of traditional leadership from that of an inward to an outwardlooking one,” the ANC said in a statement.
“Mahlangu played a significant part in strengthening the role of traditional leadership at the local sphere of government as well as deepening the values of constitutional democracy and the principles of cooperative governance,” the ANC added.
The party said the nation has lost a committed servant.
“The ANC conveys its sincere condolences to the Mahlangu family, the Nduzundza royal family and the AmaNdebele nation as a whole. May they find solace in knowing that their loss is mourned by the entire nation,” the statement read.
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial House of Traditional Leaders (KZNPHTL) chairperson Inkosi Phathisizwe Chiliza said Mahlangu’s death came as a shock to traditional leaders in the province.
Chiliza said the KZNPHTL will continue to echo Mahlangu’s call for adequate support for traditional leadership structures.
“It’s important that support be provided to the structures of traditional leadership and also that there be an increase in cooperation between government and traditional leaders for the development of rural communities,” Chiliza said.
Faith Muthambi, chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, said Mahlangu displayed wisdom and cooperation when dealing with the committee. She added that he played a pivotal role in strengthening the role of traditional leaders.
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