Eastern Cape Chiefs: Do They Deserve More Money And Power?


Circulating reports have it that the Eastern Cape Chiefs demanded more money and power.

The chiefs reportedly agitated that 2017 is their year to pocket more salary and get more travel allowances.

From our gatherings, the demand was made at the public hearings for comments on the provincial amended Traditional Leadership and Governance Bill.

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While the Eastern Cape Chiefs pointed out to the portfolio committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs that they needed more money, they also, asked that the power of premier Phumulo Masualle and future premiers of the province be limited on traditional issues.

Already, the bill with many amendments crafted to curtail the premier’s power in making decisions on traditional matters has been passed by the Bhisho legislature. It is now waiting for premier Masualle’s signature to become law.

If he signs it, his powers will shrink to just endorsing recommendations made by traditional councils. Also, the premier won’t have the power to summon a traditional leader to appear before him once the bill is signed.

Instead, the amended Section 33 of the bill stipulated that he’ll just have to request a meeting with a traditional leader to interrogate:

  1. Any matter which is harming or likely to harm a traditional community;
  2. Any matter of importance which directly or indirectly affects such traditional leader in his or her capacity as such; and
  3. Any other matter likely to prejudicially affect the administration of the provincial government in the area of the traditional community.

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Not long past, the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government demanded almost R1.1 billion from South Africa’s Finance Minister. The province wants to use the money to pay the salaries of its many Headmen (

The province wanted to use the money to pay the salaries of its many Headmen (izinduna). KZN has 2,o39

KZN has 2,o39 izinduna and each of them wants about R8,000 salary per month. And, they want the pay to be backdated to 2006 when the government started proclaiming salaries for them.

Also, KZN Premier Willies Mchunu disclosed that the province will have to find R252 million come the 2017/2018 financial year to remunerate the Headmen.