The State of Traditional Leadership in a Democratic South Africa

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The Director-General of the Department of Traditional Affairs, Dr MC Nwaila presented a paper on the state of Traditional Leadership in a Democratic South Africa on the 10 November 2016. The paper was presented at a round table discussion at the University of South Africa (UNISA) .

The paper sought to explore the notion of traditional leadership within a democratic dispensation and its future. The ongoing debate about the proper role of traditional leaders in modern African democracies as a complex and multifaceted and full of contradictions.

The Director-General concluded the paper by borrowing wise words from Ayi Kwei Armah cited by Makgoba, MW, et al. (1999) in their compilation of papers delivered during the African Renaissance Conference, “A people losing sight of origins are dead, a people deaf to purpose are lost. Under the fertile rain, in scorching sunshine, there is no difference: their bodies are mere corpses, awaiting final burial.”

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